Vittaria - Adiantaceae

Vittaria schaeferi Hieron

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Tanzania

 

 

 

 

Synonyms

Common name

Description

Rhizome shortly creeping, rhizome scales deltoid-lanceolate in outline, curly, very sharp, margin pseudo-spinular, formed of translucent cells with thick, dark walls. Fronds closely spaced, sessile, coracious. Lamina linear-lanceolate in outline, up to 7 x 0.2-0.4 cm, apex pointed, mucronate, midrib not very visible, flattened. Sori intra-marginal, forming a narrow groove at the top of the frond.

Notes

Derivation

schaeferi: named after Dr. Fritz Shäfer (Schaefer, born in south West Africa (?-1911), plant collector and medical practitioner on the Lüderitz Bay-Keetmanshoop Railway.

Habitat

Distribution worldwide

Distribution in Africa

Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko).

Growth form

Epiphytic.

Literature

  • Roux, J.P. (2009) Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands. Strelitzia 23, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria. Page 74.
  • Tardieu-Blot, M.-L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.3. Flore du Cameroun, Pages 126 - 127.
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