Elaphoglossum macropodium (Fée) T. Moore

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Elaphoglossum macropodium

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Nyawamba falls, Honde Valley

Elaphoglossum macropodium

Photo: Petra Ballings
Tessa's pool, Chimanimani

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Synonyms: Acrostichum conforme Sw. var. carmichaelii Baker
Acrostichum latifolium sensu Sim
Acrostichum macropodium Fée
Common names:
Rhizome creeping, thick, up to 5 mm (without scales); rhizome scales pale brown, concolorous, narrowly lanceolate in outline, apex forming a long drawn out point, margins entire or with hair-like outgrows. Fronds simple, dimorphic, closely spaced, erect to arching, thickly coriaceous. Sterile frond: stipe stramineous to pale green, up to 24 cm long, pale to reddish brown, glabrous with a few scales at the base, articulated at the base; lamina glossy green, 17-37 × 3-8 cm, ovate-lanceolate to narrowly elliptic in outline, apex broadly pointed to rounded, margins entire, glabrous except for minute scattered scales on the underside, midrib raised, convex below. Fertile frond: stipe up to 32 cm long, matt pale brown; lamina smaller and narrower than the sterile lamina, very narrowly elliptic in outline, up to 3 × 21 cm, undersurface completely covered with sporangia.
Notes: The large frond size and thick rhizome usualy distinguishes this species from others.
Derivation of specific name: makros: large, pous: foot; "with large feet", an allusion to the thick creeping rhizome.
Habitat: Epiphyte or lithophyte among boulders in rocky outcrops or in shade in forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1770 m
Worldwide distribution: Comoro Isl. (Grande Comoro), Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Réunion, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
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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: Elaphoglossum macropodium.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=102200, retrieved 19 May 2024

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