192.400 Megalastrum Holttum

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011) Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature

Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13

Description of the genus

Rhizome erect, massive. Fronds 2-to 4- pinnate, veins free. Pinna costae without raised edges on the upper surfaces. Upper surface of the costae densely set with short multicellular hairs. Sori round; indusia kidney-shaped, bearing glands and hairs.

Derivation of name: mega: large, lastrea: referring to the fern genus 'Lastrea'; a large Lastrea.

Comment: Megalastrum is sometimes included in Ctenitis, we consider them to be 2 separated genera.

Worldwide: c. 30 species, neotropical distribution.

Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
lanuginosum (Willd. ex Kaulf.) HolttumEDescription

Other sources of information about Megalastrum:

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Flora of Malawi: Megalastrum
Flora of Mozambique: Megalastrum

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Megalastrum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Megalastrum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Megalastrum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Megalastrum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Megalastrum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Megalastrum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=74, retrieved 26 May 2017

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