118.700 Gleichenia Sm.

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Description of the genus

Rhizome bearing lanceolate or deeply laciniate scales, resembling stellate hairs in appearance. Fronds branching repeatedly into two as a result of the abortion of the terminal buds, without a pair of stipule-like pinnae at the primary branching of the fronds. Ultimate segments borne only on the distal lamina axes; veins simple or forked once. Branches of lamina with dormant apices of the highest order 2-pinnatifid. Sori with very few sporangia.

Derivation of name: Gleichenia: named after Baron von Gleichen-Ruswurm (1717-1783), German naturalist.

Worldwide: c. 10 spec, paleotropical and austral distribution

Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.

Gleichenia polypodioides

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polypodioides (L.) Sm.N,E,SDescription, Image

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Gleichenia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=12, retrieved 1 March 2024

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