Blotiella glabra (Bory) R.M. Tryon

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Blotiella glabra

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Blotiella glabra

Photo: Petra Ballings
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

Blotiella glabra

Photo: Petra Ballings
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

Blotiella glabra

Photo: Petra Ballings
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

Blotiella glabra

Photo: Petra Ballings
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

Blotiella glabra

Photo: Petra Ballings
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

Blotiella glabra

Photo: Petra Ballings
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

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Synonyms: Lonchitis glabra Bory
Lonchitis pubescens Willd. var. glabra (Bory) Baker
Lonchitis stenochlamys Fée
Pteris glabra (Bory) Mett.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Rhizome widely creeping, 3-5 mm diameter, ending in a suberect, somewhat enlarged aerial portion; rhizome hairs dense, shiny brown, up to 15 mm long. Fronds closely spaced. Stipe up to 0.8 m, thinly pubescent with short, brown hairs. Lamina 0.5-1.3 m × 0.3-0.8 m, ovate in outline, 2- to 3-pinnatifid, thinly pubescent on both surfaces, secondary rhachis winged. Pinnae uniformly incised from the apex towards the base with the pinnules variously incised or pinnatifid into rounded lobes. Sori ± crescent-shaped, situated at the base of the sinuses between the pinnules; indusium present.
Notes: Differs from B. natalensis by having a widely creeping rhizome and fronds that are up to 2m long. It also forms small colonies, allthough isolated plants are encountered. Tectaria gemmifera has laminal sori and buds or plantlets on the rhachis or costae.
Derivation of specific name: glabra: hairless; reference not clear.
Habitat: Near streams or in seepage zones in deep shaded evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1750 m
Worldwide distribution: Widespread on tropical African mountains, also South Africa and the Madagascan region.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 10 February 2009
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 102 - 103. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. , Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 85.

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 292 - 293. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 10.

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 204 - 205. (Includes a picture).

Kornas, J. (1979). Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych Page 86.

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 6.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 92. (Includes a picture).

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 108.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 82.


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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: Blotiella glabra.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=101350, retrieved 27 June 2016

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