Hymenophyllum mossambicense (Schelpe) Schippers

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Synonyms: Hymenophyllum polyanthos (Sw.) Sw. var. mossambicense Schelpe
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Status: Native
Rhizome wiry, without ventrally attached hairs. Fronds spaced apart, linear ovate or narrowly ovate. Stipe up to 2.5 cm long, wiry, narrowly winged at least in the upper half. Lamina up to 45 × 4.5 cm; pinnae pinnatifid to 2-pinnatifid into up to 180 linear entire rounded lobes, ultimate lobes set widely apart. Rhachis narrowly winged. Sori on acroscopic basal segments of pinnae, broadly obconic, indusial valves entire.
Notes: Can be separated from other species by having hairless fronds and entire lobe margins. Can be distinguished from H. capense by having pinnae that are composed of more than 15 lobes. Can be separated from H. kuhnii by having a rhizome that does not have ventrally attached hairs and ultimate lobes that are set widely apart.
Derivation of specific name: mossambicense: of Mozambique
Habitat: Lithophyte on deeply shaded boulders along streams in moist montane forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 - 1900 m
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Lithophyte.
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Page 96. Placed in synonymy with H. capense

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 11.

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 196 - 197.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 7.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 43.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 46.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Pages 79 - 80. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Hymenophyllum mossambicense
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hymenophyllum mossambicense
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Hymenophyllum mossambicense
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JSTOR Plant Science: Hymenophyllum mossambicense
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hymenophyllum mossambicense
Plants of the World Online: Hymenophyllum mossambicense
Tropicos: Hymenophyllum mossambicense
Wikipedia: Hymenophyllum mossambicense

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: Species information: Hymenophyllum mossambicense.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=100460, retrieved 20 April 2024

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