Pyrrosia schimperiana (Mett. ex Kuhn) Alston
var. schimperiana

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Pyrrosia schimperiana var. schimperiana

Photo: Petra Ballings
Blue mountain road/turnoff to Ardroy guest house, Vumba

Pyrrosia schimperiana var. schimperiana

Photo: Petra Ballings
Blue mountain road/turnoff to Ardroy guest house, Vumba

Pyrrosia schimperiana var. schimperiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Area below Castleburn Cliifs

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Synonyms: Cyclophorus schimperianus (Mett. ex Kuhn) C.Chr.
Niphobolus schimperianus (Mett. ex Kuhn) Giesenh.
Polypodium schimperianum Mett. ex Kuhn
Pyrrosia mechowii (Brause & Hieron) Alston
Pyrrosia schimperiana (Mett. ex Kuhn) Alston var. mechowii (Brause & Hieron) Schelpe
Common names:
Rhizome creeping, c. 2 mm in diameter; rhizome scales dull, brown to pale grey with dark central area, margins entire. Fronds simple, spaced apart, coriaceous, fleshy. Stipe up to 4 cm long, covered with white stellate hairs, becoming glabrous with age. Lamina up to 30 × 2.5 cm, linear to oblanceolate in outline, apex pointed to tapering, base tapering almost to the rhizome, margin entire. Lamina covered on both surfaces with greyish-white stellate hairs with short arms, upper surface becoming (sub)glabrous with age. Sori round, ± 1 mm confined to the upper half of the frond, usually visible through the hairs.
Notes: Can be confused with Pyrrosia rhodesiana which has fronds that are densely covered with more brown hairs with long, thin arms.
Derivation of specific name: schimperiana: named after W.P. Schimper (1804-1878), German plant collector and professor of botany.
Habitat: Epiphyte or lithophyte in seasonally dry, deciduous woodland areas, in riverine forests and kloof forests.
Altitude range: (metres) 400 - 1650 m
Worldwide distribution: Widespread throughout tropical Africa northwards to the Sudan and Ethiopia and westwards to Nigeria.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
Endemic status:
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Pyrrosia schimperiana var. schimperiana., retrieved 19 February 2018

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