136.800 Pellaea Link

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

Description of the genus

Rhizome usually shortly creeping with linear, black or brown, scales. Stipe dark reddish-brown to black, glabrous or with hairs or scales. Fronds pinnate to 4-pinnate with pinnae or ultimate segments articulated, glabrous or pubescent to tomentose. Sori submarginal, confluent into a soral line (rarely discrete), usually covered by a continuous indusium formed from the reflexed margin; paraphyses usually 0.

Derivation of name: pellos: dark-coloured, an allusion to the dark or black stipe or leaf stalks of most species.

Worldwide: c. 35 species, tropical, with a few species occuring in temporate and boreal regions.

Zimbabwe: 8 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Callopistria maillardi (White Tangle) Larval food plant
Pellaea calomelanos var. calomelanos

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
angulosa (Bory ex Willd.) Baker[VU]EDescription
boivinii Hook. var. boivinii N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
calomelanos (Sw.) Link var. calomelanos N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
calomelanos (Sw.) Link var. swynnertoniana (Sim) SchelpeE,SDescription, Image
doniana J.Sm. ex Hook.N,E,SDescription, Image
dura (Willd.) Hook. var. dura N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
longipilosa Bonap.N,CDescription, Image
pectiniformis BakerN,C,E,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Pellaea:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Pellaea
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Pellaea
Flora of Malawi: Pellaea
Flora of Mozambique: Pellaea
Flora of Zambia: Pellaea

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pellaea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Pellaea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pellaea
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Pellaea
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Pellaea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pellaea
JSTOR Plant Science: Pellaea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pellaea
Plants of the World Online: Pellaea
Tropicos: Pellaea
Wikipedia: Pellaea

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: Pellaea.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=29, retrieved 26 May 2024

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