Pteris buchananii Baker ex Sim

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Pteris buchananii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Swynnerton Memorial to Chalets, Chirinda Forest

Pteris buchananii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Swynnerton Memorial to Chalets, Chirinda Forest

Pteris buchananii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Swynnerton Memorial to Chalets, Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms: Pteris subquadripinnata Chiov.
Common names:
Status: Native
Rhizome widely creeping, c. 10mm in diameter; rhizome scales ovate, dark brown, entire. Fronds widely spaced, herbaceous. Stipe up to 1 m high, glabrous, strawcoloured or brown. Lamina broadly triangular in outline, 4-pinnatifid, basal pinnae almost as long as lamina and strongly basiscopically developed. Ultimate lobes oblong-lanceolate, falcate, margins bluntly serrate; veins free, but united below the sinuses; glabrous on both surfaces but with a spine at junction of costae and costules. Rhachis stramineous spinose. Sori in marginal lines, extending for half to three quarters of the length of fertile lobes; indusia entire, membranous.
Notes: Could be confused with Pteris dentata which has a short, erect rhizome and veins that are free.
Derivation of specific name: buchananii: named after Rev. J. Buchanan (1821-1903); type specimen was collected by him in Natal (KwaZulu-Natal) in the 1870s.
Habitat: Terrestrial in clearings in evergreen forest, in areas of more light intensity, receiving high rainfall.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1200 m
Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 322 - 323. (Includes a picture).

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 242 - 243. (Includes a picture).

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 9.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 80. (Includes a picture).

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 170.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 120. (Includes a picture).

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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: Species information: Pteris buchananii., retrieved 24 May 2024

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