Mohria lepigera (Baker) Baker

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Mohria lepigera

Picture: Petra Ballings

Mohria lepigera

Picture: Petra Ballings

Mohria lepigera

Picture: Petra Ballings
Castle Beacon, Vumba

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Synonyms: Anemia lepigera (Baker) Christenh.
Notholeana lepigera Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Rhizome shortly creeping; scales pale brown, entire, up to 2 mm, ovate-lanceolate. Fronds closely spaced. Stipe 0.5-13 cm, pale brown, with whitish scales. Lamina 13-48 cm × 2-5.5 cm, oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic in outline, 2- to 3- pinnatifid, with some much-reduced pinnae basally. Lower surface of the pinnae covered with white, lanceolate, overlapping scales; these are also present on the stipe and rhachis. Upper surface slightly hairy, occasionally with yellow glands. Ultimate segments incised into toothed lobes. Sporangia solitary, submarginal, partly covered by reflexed lobe margin, often obscured by scales.
Type location:
Notes: Easily distinguished from other species by the creamy-white scales on the lower surface of the lamina.
Derivation of specific name: lepigera: scale-bearing, referring to the undersurface of the fronds that are densely covered in scales
Habitat: Growing on quarzitic soils around the base of boulders or on vegetation islands on granite sheetrock. Terrestrial or lithophytic.
Altitude range: 1200 - 1900 m
Worldwide distribution: Burundi, DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, also Madagascar
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,C
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
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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: Mohria lepigera., retrieved 23 April 2024

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