152.900 Microlepia C. Presl

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Description of the genus

Rhizome creeping. Fronds closely spaced. Lamina pinnate to 4-pinnatifid, often large, herbaceous, pubescent; veins free, rarely anastomising. Sori subcircular, borne at the vein endings, which also bear a conspicuous gland; indusium cup-shaped, opening towards the margin. Spores trilete.

Derivation of name: micros: small, lepis: scale; sori are covered by a small indusium.

Worldwide: c. 45 species worldwide, mostly in tropical Asia.

Zimbabwe: 2 taxa.

Microlepia speluncae

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
speluncae (L.) T. MooreN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
strigosa (Thunb. ex Murray) C. PreslEDescription

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Tropicos: Microlepia
Wikipedia: Microlepia

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: Microlepia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=36, retrieved 22 June 2024

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