Ophioglossum sandieae J.E. Burrows

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Status: Native
Rhizome spindle-shaped, 10-15 × 2-3 mm, leaf bases shortly persistent; roots descending, becoming horizontal, probably proliferous. Leaves 1 or in pairs, held at c.80° from the horizontal. Petiole 1.6-2.5 cm long, subterranean for about 30-40 % of its length. Sterile lamina 14-39 × 2.5-5 mm, narrowly elliptic in outline, apex pointed, base narrowly cuneate, fertile lamina flat to convex above, midgreen; fertile segment 5.5-9 cm long. Sporangia 11-19 pairs.
Notes: O. lusoafricanum and O. caroticaule are, like O. sandieae, narrow leaved Ophioglossum species. The leaf width:length ratio differs in these ferns: O. caroticaule (1:7.2), O. lusoafricanum (1:7-9) and O. sandiae (1:4.5).
Derivation of specific name: sandieae: named after Sandra M. Burrows, botanical illustrator who first saw this as a distinct species.
Habitat: In Colophospermum mopane woodland in shallow sandy soils over rock or clay.
Altitude range: (metres) 880 m (approx)
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution:
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 122 - 123. (Includes a picture).

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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: Ophioglossum sandieae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=203680, retrieved 24 May 2024

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