Microgramma mauritiana (Willd.) Tardieu

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Microgramma mauritiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhandar river below Nhancuco, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

Microgramma mauritiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhandar river below Nhancuco, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

Microgramma mauritiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhandar river below Nhancuco, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

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Synonyms: Microgramma lycopodioides (L.) Copel.
Polypodium lycopodioides L. var. mackenii (Baker) Sim
Polypodium mackenii Baker
Polypodium mauritianum Willd.
Polypodium owariense Desv.
Common names:
Status: Native
Rhizome widely creeping, 3-8 mm in diameter, densely coated with pale grey to creamy brown scales; scales lanceolate, up to 7 mm long, margins entire. Fronds spaced 3-35 mm apart, sometimes slightly dimorphic with the fertile fronds longer and narrower than the sterile ones, glabrous, herbaceous to coriaceous. Stipe up to 2.2 cm long, glabrous. Lamina narrowly oblong to elliptic, margins entire, apex acute, tapering gradually towards the base and slightly decurrent on to the stipe, midrib apparent on both surfaces. Sori in a single row on each side of the midrib, extending from the apex to the base of the frond, round, 2-2.5 mm in diameter, without paraphyses, exindusiate.
Derivation of specific name: mauritiana: from Mauritius, where the type specimen of this species was collected.
Habitat: Epiphyte or lithophyte in coastal forest, low-altitude semi-deciduous forest or riverine forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 700 m
Worldwide distribution: Tropical America, on the islands of Bioko, Sao Tomé, Principe and Annobon, West and East tropical Africa and southern part of Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 198 - 199. As Microgramma lycopodioides (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 39. As Microgramma lycopodioides

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 572 - 573. (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. Pages 311 - 312. As Microgramma lycopodioides (Includes a picture).

Kornas, J. (1979). Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych Pages 78 - 79. As Microgramma lycopodioides

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 8.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 103. (Includes a picture).

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Pages 159 - 160.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Pages 155 - 156. As Microgramma lycopodioides (Includes a picture).

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 28. As Microgramma lycopodioides

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Microgramma mauritiana
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Flora of Mozambique: Microgramma mauritiana
Flora of Zambia: Microgramma mauritiana

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Microgramma mauritiana
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Microgramma mauritiana
Plants of the World Online: Microgramma mauritiana
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Wikipedia: Microgramma mauritiana

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: Microgramma mauritiana.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=101530, retrieved 30 November 2023

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