Lomariopsis - Lomariopsidaceae

Lomariopsis hederacea Alston

 

 

 

 

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Description

Rhizome used for support, reaching up to 2 m; rhizome scales lanceolate in outline, narrow, brownish red, formed of elongated cells. Sterile fronds imparipinnate, subcoracious. Stipe 4-9 cm, strawcoloured, grooved, with scales, winged in young fronds. Lamina 15-20 x 3-5 cm, c. 24 pairs of laterale pinnae; pinnae c. 8 x 2 cm, oblong in outline, base equal, rounded or truncate, apex acute, veins simples; lower pinnae not or hardly reduced; terminal pinna lanceolate in outline. Rhachis flattened, winged in young plants, loosely scaly. Fertile fronds slightly smaller than sterile fronds; lamina with narrow pinnae, oblong in outline, with a cordate base.

Notes

Not in Flora of Tropical East Africa, occurrence in Kenya and Tanzania ?

Derivation

hederacea: ivy-like.

Habitat

Pelohygrophilous forest.

Distribution worldwide

Africa, São Tomé.

Distribution in Africa

Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Dem. Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko), Gabon, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania .

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 145.
  • 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 145.
  • Tardieu-Blot, M.-L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.3. Flore du Cameroun, Page 314. (Includes a picture).
  • Thardieu-Blot, M.L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.8. Flore du Gabon, Pages 182 - 183. (Includes a picture).
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