Vittaria - Adiantaceae

Vittaria owariensis Fée

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Gabon

 

 

 

 

Synonyms

Haplopteris owariensis (Fée) E.H.Crane

Common name

Description

Rhizome shortly creeping; scales narrowly deltoid in outline, very long and narrowly tapered, formed of colourless light cells with thick, black walls. Frond closely spaced, coriaceous. Stipe short, light brown, winged at the end. Lamina linear in outline, tough, gradually narrowed at the base, apex pointed, midrib little apparent,15-20 x 0.3 cm. Sori submarginal, deeply sunken.

Notes

Derivation

owariensis: from Oware; first dicovered in Oware, S Nigeria.

Habitat

On oil palms in secondary forest at low level.

Distribution worldwide

Africa, Gulf of Guinea Islands.

Distribution in Africa

Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria.

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.
  • Thardieu-Blot, M.L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.8. Flore du Gabon, Page 96.
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