Blechnum inflexum (Kunze) Kuhn

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Blechnum inflexum

Photo: Petra Ballings

Blechnum inflexum

Photo: Petra Ballings

Blechnum inflexum

Photo: Petra Ballings

Blechnum inflexum

Photo: Petra Ballings

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Synonyms: Lomaria discolor Willd. var. natalensis Baker
Lomaria inflexa Kunze
Struthiopteris inflexa (Kunze) Ching
Common names:
Status: Native
Rhizome creeping, ending in a thick erect stem of up to 5 cm in diameter; scales brown, linear-attenuate, up to c. 2 cm long, margins entire. Fronds whorled, strongly dimorphic. Stipe up to 10 cm (20 cm) long, densely covered with scales at the base. Sterile lamina 28-45 cm × 5-10 cm, pinnate and oblong-elliptic in outline, apical pinnae overlapping, basal pinnae gradually reduced and spaced apart; pinnae glabrous, oblong, joined onto the rhachis and with rounded to acute apices, margins entire. Fertile lamina a third to half the size of the sterile lamina, narrowly oblong in outline; pinnae narrowly oblong, densely crowded together and often bending forwards. Sori linear, covering the whole length of the fertile pinnae; indusium continuous.
Notes: Resembles B. punctulatum and B. australe. B. inflexum has sori that completely cover the underside of the fertile pinnae, the fertile fronds are conspicuously shorter than the sterile fronds, pinnae of the sterile fronds are overlapping at the apex and adnate.
Derivation of specific name: inflexum: bent inward, refers to the infolded fertile pinnae at maturity
Habitat: Terrestrial at foot of boulders or along streambanks in high altitude grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 2070 m
Worldwide distribution: South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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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 5.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 154.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Blechnum inflexum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Blechnum inflexum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Blechnum inflexum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Blechnum inflexum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Blechnum inflexum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Blechnum inflexum
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Blechnum inflexum
Ispot Southern Africa: Blechnum inflexum
JSTOR Plant Science: Blechnum inflexum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Blechnum inflexum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Blechnum inflexum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Blechnum inflexum
Tropicos: Blechnum inflexum

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: Blechnum inflexum., retrieved 23 February 2018

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