140.600 Pteris L.

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011) Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983) The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria.

Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca

Description of the genus

Rhizome erect or shortly creeping; rhizome scales linear to ovate, extending to the base of the stipe. Fronds tufted or widely spaced, herbaceous to thinly coriaceous. Lamina pinnate to 4-pinnatifid, terminal pinna similar to lateral pinnae, basal pinnae often basiscopically developed, pinnae without powder on the undersurface; veins free, united in marginal vein bearing the sori, or variously anastomising with a costal areole. Rhachis, costae and costules sometimes with spines on the underside. Sori submarginal, covered by linear indusium, formed by the deflexed margin of the lamina, opening inwards.

Derivation of name: pteron: wing; alluding to the resemblance of the symmetrical fronds to wings.

Worldwide: c. 250 species, tropical, subtropical and temperate distribution.

Zambia: 7 taxa.

Pteris dentata

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
catoptera KunzeN,C,EN,Mc,CDescription, Image
cretica L.EMcDescription, Image
dentata Forssk.N,WNwDescription, Image
friesii Hieron.N,W,CNw,Cb,Lp,N,C,Lk,SDescription, Image
intricata C.H. WrightNDescription
linearis Poir.NDescription
vittata L.N,W,C,E,SNw,Cb,C,Lk,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Pteris:

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Flora of Botswana: Pteris
Flora of Malawi: Pteris
Flora of Mozambique: Pteris
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pteris

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Pteris
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pteris
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Pteris
Wikipedia: Pteris
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pteris
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pteris

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Pteris.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=32, retrieved 9 February 2023

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