187.300 Pneumatopteris Nakai

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Description of the genus

Plants terrestrial. Rhizome short, erect or sometimes creeping. Fronds monomorphic, pinnate, proliferous with at most 1 bud on rachis near the apex. Lamina without scales, basal pinnae slightly reduced, no forked or branched hairs, veins of the pinnae lobes with several pairs meeting below the sinus between the lobes. Sori circular, exindusiate.

Derivation of name: pneuma: wind, pteris: fern; some species possess aerophores (small swelling along stipe or secondary rhachis for gas exchange).

Worldwide: c. 70 species, paleotropical distribution.

Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.

Pneumatopteris unita

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unita (Kunze) HolttumEDescription, Image

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pneumatopteris
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pneumatopteris
JSTOR Plant Science: Pneumatopteris
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pneumatopteris
Plants of the World Online: Pneumatopteris
Tropicos: Pneumatopteris
Wikipedia: Pneumatopteris

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: Pneumatopteris.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=64, retrieved 15 April 2024

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