Todea barbara (L.) T. Moore

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Todea barbara

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Chimanimani, Corner

Todea barbara

Photo: Petra Ballings

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Synonyms: Acrostichum barbarum L.
Osmunda totta Sw.
Todea africana Willd. nom. illegit.
Common names:
Status: Native
Rhizome erect to suberect, fronds tufted. Stipe up to 40 cm long. Lamina up to 2 m, bipinnate and lanceolate in outline. Pinnules glabrous, linear-oblong in outline; apex acute; margin crenate. Sporangia cover the basal third of the lower pinnae.
Derivation of specific name: barbara: strange, foreign, described by Linneaeus
Habitat: Along montane streams and margins of evergreen forest
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1830 m
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, South Africa. Also Australia and New Zealand.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 24 January 2010

Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 50 - 51. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 55.

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 12.

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 8.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Pages 36 - 37. (Includes a picture).

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 46. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 79.

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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: Todea barbara., retrieved 28 May 2024

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