Hymenophyllum capillare Desv.

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Hymenophyllum capillare

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Hymenophyllum capillare

Photo: Petra Ballings

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Synonyms: Sphaerocionium capillare (Desv.) Copel. var. alternialatum Pic. Serm.
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Status: Native
Rhizome slender, wiry, widely creeping. Stipe 15-50 mm long, wiry, not winged but sparsely clothed with fine stellate hairs. Lamina pendulous, oblong-linear, up to 55 × 3 cm, 2- or 3-pinnatifid, membranous. Pinnae pinnatifid into up to 7 linear lobes, apices rounded, margins entire, both surfaces set with stellate hairs with long radiating arms. Rhachis not winged, hairy. Sori at the apices of the lobes in the distal area of each pinna, obconic with rounded indusial valves set with stellate hairs.
Notes: H. capillare can be distinguished from other species by its hairy fronds and a rhachis that is not winged.
Derivation of specific name: capillare: "capillus": hair, the fronds are hairy; alternialatum: alternating wings, probably referring to the alternate arrangement of the pinnae
Habitat: Epiphyte or lithophyte in deeply shaded evergreen mist forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1300 - 2150 m
Worldwide distribution: From south-central Africa extending to central, east and north-east Africa; also Ghana, Madagascar and the Comoro and Mascarene islands.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Page 99. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 85. As Hymenophyllum capillare Desv.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 31. as Sphaerocionium capillare

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 32. As Hymenophyllum capillare

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 168 - 169. (Includes a picture).

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. As Sphaerocionium capillare

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 26. As Hymenophyllum capillare

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Page 195. (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 7. As sphaerocionium capillare

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 44. As Sphaerocionium capillare

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 44.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Pages 80 - 81. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 78.

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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: Hymenophyllum capillare.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=100490, retrieved 15 April 2024

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