Mohria vestita Baker

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Mohria vestita

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SRGH

Mohria vestita

Photo: Petra Ballings
SRGH

Mohria vestita

Photo: Petra Ballings
SRGH

Mohria vestita

Photo: Petra Ballings
Bunga views, Vumba

Mohria vestita

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Cecil Kop, Mutare

Mohria vestita

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Trout Research Center, Inyanga

Mohria vestita

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Mount Chinaka, Juliasdale

Mohria vestita

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Mount Buhwa, area around tunnel

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Synonyms: Mohria caffrorum (L.) Desv. var. vestida (Baker) F.Ballard
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Rhizome creeping, up to 8 mm in diameter, scales chestnut to rust-coloured, 2-6 mm long. Fronds closely spaced, slightly dimorphic with fertile fronds longer than sterile fronds. Stipe 2-13.2 cm long, basally chestnut coloured, apically strawcoloured, set with hairs and scales, becoming glabrous at maturity. Lamina herbaceous, up to 46 cm long, erect, narrowly elliptic to narrowly oblanceolate in outline,  2-pinnatifid to 2-pinnate. Pinnae above sparsely hairy on secondary rachis, below with hairs and long narrow scales; pinnule margins strongly toothed. Rachis sparsely to densely set with scales; secondary rachis below with hairs and scales, upper surface with hairs. Sori marginal, exindusiate.    
Notes: Difficult to distinguish from M. nudiuscula . M. vestita. has slightly more hairy pinnae, especially on the upper surface, and more strongly toothed margins.
Derivation of specific name: vestita: clothed, referring to hair and scales on the plant; a character, however, shared by all species of Mohria.
Habitat: Rocky places in grassveld, terrestrial or lithophytic.
Altitude range: (metres) 200 - 1700 m
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, also Madagascar
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Images last updated: Thursday 22 September 2011
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 63 - 64. Description of M. caffrorum! Revision by J.P. Roux: M. caffrorum now restricted to S.A., M. vestita and M. nudiuscula new species for Zimbabwe. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 43. (Includes a picture).

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 206 - 207. (Includes a picture).

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 177 - 178. Description of M. caffrorum! Revision by J.P. Roux: M. caffrorum now restricted to S.A., M. vestita and M. nudiuscula new species for Zimbabwe. (Includes a picture).

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 55.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 53.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Pages 54 - 56. Description of M. caffrorum! Revision by J.P. Roux: M. caffrorum now restricted to S.A., M. vestita and M. nudiuscula new species for Zimbabwe. (Includes a picture).


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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 vestita.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=100670, retrieved 23 July 2016

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