178.400 Nephrolepis Schott

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Description of the genus

Rhizome short-creeping or erect, sometimes producing tubers, producing stolons that root and form shoots. Stipe not articulated. Fronds tufted, monomorphic, numerous, pinnate; pinnae articulated to the rhachis, closely set, hairy or glabrous. Venation free, ending in a hydathode near the margin. Sori round to oval or linear terminal on the veins, indusium kidney-shaped or linear, entire, opening towards the margin; homosporous.

Derivation of name: nephros: kidney, lepis: scale; refers to the kidney-shaped, scale-like indusia.

Worldwide: c. 30 species, pantropical distribution.

Zimbabwe: 3 taxa.

Nephrolepis undulata

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
biserrata (Sw.) SchottEDescription, Image
exaltata (L.) SchottCDescription
undulata (Afzel.) J. Sm.N,W,C,EDescription, 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: Nephrolepis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=57, retrieved 22 May 2024

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