Ophioglossum gomezianum Welw. ex A. Braun

All images: Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record View selected images

Ophioglossum gomezianum

Photo: Petra Ballings
BR

Ophioglossum gomezianum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Mutirikwi CL, Murray MacDougall Drive

Ophioglossum gomezianum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Mutirikwi CL, Murray MacDougall Drive

Ophioglossum gomezianum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Mutirikwi CL, Murray MacDougall Drive

Ophioglossum gomezianum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Mutirikwi CL, Murray MacDougall Drive

Detailed records: Display species records QDS maps by: Google Maps Point records by Google Maps

Species details: Click on each item to see an explanation of that item (Note: opens a new window)

Synonyms:
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Rhizome short, ellipsoid or oval, sometimes with a few short persistent leaf bases; roots descending, then horizontal, proliferous. Leaves up to 4 leaves but mostly 2, arising from ground level, held at 45-75° from the horizontal, bright to yellowish green. Petiole up to 2.5 cm long, subterranean for most of its length. Sterile lamina 10-35 × 5-9.5 mm, elliptic in outline, apex pointed, base narrowly wedge-shaped; fertile segment 3-9 cm long, inserted at or just above the base of the lamina. Sporangia 8-14 pairs.
Notes: Could be confused with O. sandieae which has a spindle-shaped rhizome and usually a single leaf with a petiole that is only for 40% subterranean. O. costatum has dull green leaves with a prominent pale midrib on the under surface. O. rubellum has dark green leaves that are held at up to 20° from the horizontal or appressed to the ground.
Derivation of specific name: gomezianum: named after Mr. B. Gomez (1806-1877), Portuguese botanist.
Habitat: Seasonally wet sheetrock mats, in shallow humiferous soil, in full sun.
Altitude range: (metres) 470 - 2400 m
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, southwards to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and South Africa, India.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Saturday 23 February 2013
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 43 - 44. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. , Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 81.

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 27.

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 124 - 125. (Includes a picture).

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 160 - 161. (Includes a picture).

Kornas, J. (1979). Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych Page 37.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 8.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 32.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 33.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 35. (Includes a picture).


Comments

comments powered by Disqus

Other sources of information about Ophioglossum gomezianum:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Ophioglossum gomezianum
Flora of Zambia: Ophioglossum gomezianum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ophioglossum gomezianum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Ophioglossum gomezianum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ophioglossum gomezianum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ophioglossum gomezianum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ophioglossum gomezianum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ophioglossum gomezianum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ophioglossum gomezianum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Ophioglossum gomezianum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ophioglossum gomezianum
Ispot Southern Africa: Ophioglossum gomezianum
JSTOR Plant Science: Ophioglossum gomezianum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ophioglossum gomezianum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ophioglossum gomezianum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Ophioglossum gomezianum
Tropicos: Ophioglossum gomezianum


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: Species information: Ophioglossum gomezianum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=100250, retrieved 15 December 2017

Site software last modified: 28 December 2016 2:55pm (GMT +2)
Terms of use