Mohria lepigera (Baker) Baker

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Mohria lepigera

Photo: Petra Ballings

Mohria lepigera

Photo: Petra Ballings

Mohria lepigera

Photo: Petra Ballings
Castle Beacon, Vumba

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Synonyms: Notholeana lepigera Baker
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Status: Native
Rhizome shortly creeping; scales pale brown, entire, up to 2 mm, ovate-lanceolate. Fronds closely spaced. Stipe 0.5-13 cm, pale brown, with whitish scales. Lamina 13-48 cm × 2-5.5 cm, oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic in outline, 2- to 3- pinnatifid, with some much-reduced pinnae basally. Lower surface of the pinnae covered with white, lanceolate, overlapping scales; these are also present on the stipe and rhachis. Upper surface slightly hairy, occasionally with yellow glands. Ultimate segments incised into toothed lobes. Sporangia solitary, submarginal, partly covered by reflexed lobe margin, often obscured by scales.
Notes: Easily distinguished from other species by the creamy-white scales on the lower surface of the lamina.
Derivation of specific name: lepigera: scale-bearing, referring to the undersurface of the fronds that are densely covered in scales
Habitat: Growing on quarzitic soils around the base of boulders or on vegetation islands on granite sheetrock. Terrestrial or lithophytic.
Altitude range: (metres) 1130 - 2290 m
Worldwide distribution: Burundi, DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, also Madagascar
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
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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 5.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 54.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 52.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Mohria lepigera., retrieved 28 May 2016

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