Adiantum hispidulum Sw.
var. hispidulum

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Adiantum hispidulum var. hispidulum

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Synonyms: Adiantum lobatum Kunze ex Ettingsh.
Common names:
Status: Native
Rhizome short, erect to creeping, 1-2 mm in diameter; rhizome scales reddish-brown, entire, lanceolate. Fronds spaced. Stipe up to 25 cm long, thin, chestnut-brown to black, shining, covered with short, brown, stiff hairs. Lamina deltate in outline, 24 × 20 cm, undersurfaces covered with short white hairs, pedately or repeatedly dichotomously divided into up to 8 pinnate pinnae. Pinnae up to 15 cm long, longest in the centre, the others decreasing outwards. Rhachis with bristly hairs. Pinnules numerous, persistent, 7-10 × 6 mm, subrhombic to rectangular becoming smaller toward the pinna apex. Pinnules with short petiole, pale hairs along the margin, upper and outer margins irregularly toothed, lower margin entire and ascending. Sori numerous, rounded, on pinnule lobes on the upper and outer margin of the undersurface of a hairy indusial flap.
Notes: Can be distinguished from A. patens which is glabrous and has a broad terminal segment at the end of each segment.
Derivation of specific name: hispidulum: covered with minute stiff erect hairs
Habitat: Around boulder basis in woodland or in deep shade in moist forest. In Zimbabwe only found in the Vumba Mts.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 m (approx)
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, central and East Africa; also Indian Ocean Islands, southern India, East Indies, Polynesia, Australia.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Page 122. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 86. As Adiantum hispidulum Sw.

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 428 - 429. (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 13.

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Page 228. (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 75.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Pages 111 - 112. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Adiantum hispidulum var. hispidulum
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Adiantum hispidulum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Adiantum hispidulum
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Wikipedia: Adiantum hispidulum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Adiantum hispidulum var. hispidulum., retrieved 11 December 2023

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