Pteris mildbraedii Hieron.

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Synonyms: Pteris quadriaurita Retz. var. africana Bonap.
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Rhizome short, erect; rhizome scales lanceolate in outline, usually dark in the middle, pale at the margins, 3–4 mm long. Fronds tufted, ± 1 m tall. Stipe 50–75 cm long, scaly at the base, quite distinctly to almost imperceptibly spinulose or rough. Lamina oblong, 40 × 40 cm, bipinnate with 2–7 pairs of pinnae. Pinnae oblanceolate or lanceolate-oblong in outline, 14–40 × 5–12 cm with 14–27 pairs of pinnules. Ultimate segments oblong to oblong-lanceolate in outline, apex rounded to subacute, the sterile tips toothed; apical segment triangular-lanceolate, 2–6.5 cm long, 9 mm wide, crenulate at tip; rhachis, costae and costulae not spinulose; veins free in the lobes or with very sparse anastomosis; costal areoles narrow. Sori 1–1.7 cm long.
Notes: This species can be recognized by a 2-pinnate lamina , anastomosing veins, apices of the pinnae lobes not entire and stipe & rhachis without spines.
Derivation of specific name: mildbraedii: after Gottfried Wilhelm Johannes Mildbraed (1879-1954), German explorer, botanist and plant collector, specializing in bryophytes and pteridophytes. He was Keeper at the Berlin Botanical Museum from 1913.
Habitat: Seasonally moist forest floors, light shade.
Altitude range: (metres) 1400 - 1600 m
Worldwide distribution: Benin, Bioko, Cameroon, Congo, Coté d' Ivoire, DRC, Equatorial guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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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 81.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 174.

Verdcourt, B. (2002). Pteridaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 14 - 15.

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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 mildbraedii., retrieved 26 February 2024

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