Bolbitis - Lomariopsidaceae

Bolbitis gaboonensis (Hook.) Alston

Photo: BT. Wursten
Dem. Republic of Congo

Photo: BT. Wursten
Dem. Republic of Congo

Photo: BT. Wursten
Dem. Republic of Congo

Photo: BT. Wursten
Dem. Republic of Congo

Photo: BT. Wursten
Dem. Republic of Congo

 

 

 

 

Synonyms

Acrostichum gaboonense Hook.
Leptochilus gabonensis (Hook.) C.Chr.
Campium gaboonense (Hook.) Copel.

Common name

Description

Rhizome creeping; rhizome scales lanceolate in outline, margins subentire with some prolongations; pseudo-midrib darker. Sterile fronds closely spaced, with gemma at apex, membranous or subcoriaceous. Sterile stipe 12-20 cm long, brown, mat, grooved, scales at base same as rhizome scales. Sterile lamina olive green when dry, ovate-lanceolate in outline, 30-35 x 9-10 cm, apex tapering to a point, sometimes proliferate, base closely wedge-shaped, margin entire or wavy; venation forming elongate costal areoles, without included veinlets and a series of irregular areoles, sometimes containing embedded veinlets; free veins near the margin. Fertile fronds narrow, lanceolate in outline, margin entire or wavy. Fertile stipe 60-65 cm long; fertile lamina 20 x 2-3 cm.

Notes

Derivation

gaboonensis: from Gabon, where this species was first discovered.

Habitat

Shade in primary forest.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Dem. Republic of Congo, Gabon, Nigeria.

Growth form

Terrestrial.

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 115.
  • Tardieu-Blot, M.-L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.3. Flore du Cameroun, Pages 315 - 316. (Includes a picture).
  • Thardieu-Blot, M.L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.8. Flore du Gabon, Pages 184 - 186. (Includes a picture).
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