Tectaria - Tectariaceae

Tectaria macrodonta (Fée) C.Chr.

 

 

 

 

Synonyms

Tectaria coadunata (J.Sm.) C.Chr.
Sagenia macrodonta Fée
Sagenia coadunata Wall. ex J.Sm.

Common name

Description

Rhizome erect, to 20 cm high. Fronds dimorphic, tufted, to 1.5 m long, subcoriaceous. Stipe to 70 cm long, straw-coloured, later mahogany-coloured, base with dark brown ovate scales 1–10 x 0.4–2 mm, with paler margins. Lamina mid- to dark green, with some hairs near margin; sterile lamina deltoid in outline, to 68 x 64 cm, the fertile lamina almost lanceolate above the wide basal pinnae, 50–108 x 43–84 cm, 3-pinnatisect; pinnae in 6–8 pairs, the lowermost to 42 x27 cm and longest, with stalks of 1.5–3 cm, others much shorter and gradually adnate to rhachis by basiscopic half; basal pinnules largest, to 16 cm, with basiscopic part of pinna broader, basal few pinnules free, other pinnules joined by a continuous wing; ± straight free veinlets in central areoles, absent along costae. sori almost marginal, 1–2 mm in diameter; indusium round, persistent, sometimes fan-shaped.

Notes

Derivation

Habitat

Moist forest.

Distribution worldwide

Africa, SW China, NE India, Thailand, Malaysia.

Distribution in Africa

Kenya, Tanzania , Uganda.

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 195.
  • Roux, J.P.; Shaffer-Fehre, M. & Verdcourt, B. (2007) Dryopteridaceae. Flora of Tropical East Africa, Pages 2 - 4. As Tectaria coadunata (J.Sm.) C.Chr. (Includes a picture).
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