Loxogramme abyssinica (Baker) M.G. Price

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Loxogramme abyssinica

Photo: Petra Ballings
Bunga forest, Vumba

Loxogramme abyssinica

Photo: Petra Ballings
Bunga forest, Vumba

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Synonyms: Gymnogramma abyssinica Baker
Polypodium suberosum (H.Christ)C.Chr.
Common names:
Rhizome widely creeping, slender, 1-2 mm in diameter, roots with short brown hairs; rhizome scales dark brown, narrowly lanceolate, 1-3 mm long, hairpointed. Fronds spaced apart, simple, thickly coraceous. Stipe a narrow winged extension of the lamina. Lamina up to 42 × 3.8 cm, glabrous on both surfaces, elliptic in outline, apex pointed, base tapering, margins entire, midrib sunken, veins obscure. Sori elongated, linear, 6-30 × c.2 mm, set at an angle of c. 15% to the midrib, exindusiate, without paraphyses.
Derivation of specific name: abyssinica: of Abyssinia; former name of Ethiopia, from where this fern was first described.
Habitat: Epiphyte or lithophyte in evergreen or semi-deciduous forest, deep shade
Altitude range: (metres) 70 - 2000 m
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, South Africa, comoro islands, Madagascar and Mascarene islands.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 187 - 188. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 90.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 38. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 37. As Loxogramme lanceolata

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 540 - 541. (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.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 26. As Loxogramme lanceolata

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 306 - 307. (Includes a picture).

Kornas, J. (1979). Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych Pages 79 - 80.

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 106.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Pages 158 - 159.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Pages 149 - 151.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 79.

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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: Loxogramme abyssinica.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=101560, retrieved 28 May 2024

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