Actiniopteris pauciloba Pic.Serm.

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Synonyms: Actiniopteris australis sensu Carruth.
Actiniopteris kornasii Medw.-Kornas
Actiniopteris pauciloba Pic.Serm. var. stricta Medw.-Kornas
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Status: Native
Rhizome creeping; rhizome scales linear, entire, black, sometimes with pale margin, up to 4.5 mm long. Stipe strawcoloured, brown to black at the base, glabrous. Fronds densely tufted, erect, dimorphic, differing only in size and stipe length not in shape and degree of lamina dissection. Sterile frond: stipe 2.5-12 cm; lamina pseudo-palmate, 4.5 cm long and 8 cm wide, dichotomously divided into 8-13 narrow linear segments, segments apices finely toothed. Fertile frond: stipe 9-26 cm long; lamina pseudo-palmate, 5 cm long and 10 cm wide, dividing dichotomously into 8-16 linear segments, segment ending in a point. Sori in submarginal lines; indusium continuous.
Notes: Can be distinguished from other species by having fewer and more widely spread segments on the sterile fronds; the dried fronds also remain erect and not deflexed at right angles to the stipe.
Derivation of specific name: pauciloba: with few lobes; refers to the small number of pinnae segments in comparison with other species of the genus.
Habitat: In light shade in rocky areas and in Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 1400 m
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 181 - 182. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 89.

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Page 293. (Includes a picture).

Kornas, J. (1979). Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych Page 46.

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 59.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 167.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Pages 138 - 139. (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: Actiniopteris pauciloba., retrieved 26 May 2024

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