Elaphoglossum aubertii (Desv.) T. Moore

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Elaphoglossum aubertii

Photo: Petra Ballings
Tessa's pool, Chimanimani

Elaphoglossum aubertii

Photo: Petra Ballings
Tessa's pool, Chimanimani

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Synonyms: Acrostichum aubertii Desv.
Acrostichum boivinii Mett. ex Kuhn
Elaphoglossum aubertii T. Moore var. reductum Bonap.
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Rhizome short creeping to suberect, 3-8 mm in diameter; rhizome scales brown, lanceolate, entire, pointed. Fronds tufted, thinly herbaceous, erect or arching, simple, strongly dimorphous. Sterile fronds: stipe up to 14 cm long, straminous to pale brown, with persistent twisted squarose scales; lamina 20-40 × 1.5-2.5 cm, linear or very narrowly elliptic in outline, apex tapering to a point, base gradually tapering and then broadly wedge-shaped to the stipe, margins entire or slightly wavy with sparse brown scales, margins also with a continuous row of small dot-like hydathodes situated c. 1mm from the margin; midrib with scales similar to those of the stipe. Fertile fronds: stipe mostly double but up to five times as long as the stipes of the sterile fronds; lamina 6-10 × 1.7-2mm, resembling a spearhead, apex rounded to pointed, base square or truncate, entirely covered by sporangia on the underside.
Notes: Can be confused with E. hybridum; this species however has a continuous hair-like fringe of dark scales along the margin, the row of hydathodes is absent.
Derivation of specific name: aubertii: this fern was first collected on Réunion by a French naturalist called Aubert du Petit-Thouars (1758-1831)
Habitat: It grows on mossy boulders or on wet rock in deep shade in evergreen forest at high altitudes.
Altitude range: (metres) 1300 - 2250 m
Worldwide distribution: This species is Afro-Malagasy in distribution, being at home in the higher African mountains of tropical and southern subtropical Africa, as well as in Malagasy and on the Comoro and Mascarene islands.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
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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: Elaphoglossum aubertii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=102140, retrieved 20 April 2024

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