Dicranopteris linearis (Burm. f.) Underw.

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Dicranopteris linearis

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Vumba, Jevington road

Dicranopteris linearis

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Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

Dicranopteris linearis

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Stapleford, John Meikle Reseach Station

Dicranopteris linearis

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Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

Dicranopteris linearis

Picture: Petra Ballings
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

Dicranopteris linearis

Picture: Petra Ballings
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

Dicranopteris linearis

Picture: Petra Ballings
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

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Synonyms: Gleichenia linearis (Burm.f.) C.B.Clarke
Mertensia linearis (Burm.f.) Fritsch
Polypodium linearis Burm.f.
Common names:
Status: Native
Rhizome widely creeping, glabrous at maturity. Fronds spaced apart. Stipe up to 1 m long, golden brown, glabrous. Lamina 2-3 times dichotomously divided with a pair of reduced pinnae present at each fork of the divisions; pinnae narrowly lanceolate, deeply pinnatifid. Pinnule lobes 15-30 × 4 mm, linear-oblong, glabrous on both surfaces, borne only on the ultimate branches, the other axes naked. Sori subcircular, c. 1 mm in diameter, arranged in two rows along the midrib of the pinnule lobes; exindusiate.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: linearis: linear, referring to the long pinnules.
Habitat: Along moist streambanks, forest margins and roadsides, in light shade or exposed.
Altitude range: 1050 - 1950 m
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, Madagascar region and pantropical.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,Lp,N,Mc,C
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Page 54. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 82. As Dicranopteris linearis (Kunze) Moore

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 20.

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 172 - 173. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 11. As Dicranopteris linearis linearis

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 184 - 185. (Includes a picture).

Kornas, J. (1979). Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych Pages 74 - 75.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 6.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Pages 39 - 40. (Includes a picture).

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 49.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Pages 50 - 52. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 78.

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dicranopteris linearis
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Wikipedia: Dicranopteris linearis

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Dicranopteris linearis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=100430, retrieved 20 April 2024

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