Hymenophyllum - Hymenophyllaceae

Hymenophyllum peltatum (Poir.) Desv.

 

 

 

 

Synonyms

Trichomanes peltatum Poir.

Common name

Description

Rhizome creeping, thin, glabrous or nearly so. Fronds spaced 15 cm apart, erect. Stipe 7–30 mm long, glabrous, not winged or winged near apex. Lamina narrowly lanceolate-oblong in outline, 2.5–10 x 1–2.1 cm, 2-pinnatifid; pinnae strongly developed acroscopically; ultimate segments linear, to 1.3 mm wide, rounded, margin serrate; glabrous on both surfaces. Sori usually 1 per pinna, on the innermost acroscopic lobe, 1.8–2 mm long, 1.5–1.7 mm in diameter; valves entire, glabrous.

Notes

Derivation

Habitat

Moist forest, dense giant heath forest.

Distribution worldwide

Africa, Madagascar, widespread in temperate zones.

Distribution in Africa

Dem. Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania , Uganda.

Growth form

Epiphytic.

Literature

  • Beentje, H.J. (2008) Hymenophyllaceae. Flora of Tropical East Africa, Pages 6 - 8. (Includes a picture).
  • 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 46.
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