190.900 Polystichum Roth

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Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983) The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria.

Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13

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

Description of the genus

Plants terrestrial or lithophytic. Rhizome short, erect or creeping; rhizome scales brown, entire, densely set. Stipe not articulated, scaly at base. Fronds tufted, herbaceous to coriaceous. Lamina narrowly elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, pinnate to 3-pinnate, but pinnae not basiscopically developed. Pinnae and pinnules unequal at the base, crenate to aristate-dentate, veins free. Pinnae costae with raised edges on the upper surface. Sori round; indusia peltate.

Derivation of name: polys: many, stichos: row; referring to the rows of sorion the pinnae.

Worldwide: c. 220 species, near cosmopolitan distribution.

Zimbabwe: 5 taxa.

Polystichum zambesiacum

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
luctuosum (Kunze) T. MooreEDescription
monticola N.C.Anthony & SchelpeWDescription
sinense (H.Christ) H.ChristEDescription
transvaalense N.C. AnthonyEDescription, Image
zambesiacum SchelpeEDescription, Image

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Flora of Malawi: Polystichum
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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Polystichum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Polystichum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Polystichum
Wikipedia: Polystichum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Polystichum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Polystichum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Polystichum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=70, retrieved 27 November 2022

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