Ctenitis cirrhosa (Schumach.) Ching

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Ctenitis cirrhosa

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Haroni-Rusitu, Rusitu river

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Synonyms: Aspidium cirrhosum Schumach.
Dryopteris cirrhosa (Schumach.) Kuntze
Dryopteris trachyrachis H. christ ex Bonap.
Nephrodium cirrhosum (Schumach.) Baker
Nephrodium welwitschii Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Rhizome erect or creeping; rhizome scales up to 15 mm long, entire, golden-brown, linear-attenuate. Fronds tufted, arching, thinly herbaceous. Stipe 30-50 cm long, straw-coloured, with dark brown scales with paler margins, 3-8 mm long. Lamina 2-pinnatifid, up to 90 × 44 cm, oblong-lanceolate in outline, acute, basal pinnae not reduced. Pinnae alternate, narrowly oblong, attenuate; ultimate segments narrowly oblong in outline, entire, subglabrous, short white hairs on the veins on the upper surface and the costae & costules on the lower surface. Sori small, round, 22-28 per lobe situated in 2 lines along the costules; indusia kidney shaped, brown, with minute hairs.
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Notes: Could be confused with Amauropelta bergiana which has a subglabrous rhachis & stipe (C. cirrhosa has a lower stipe which is clothed in long brown scales) and a smaller and narrower rhizome.
Derivation of specific name: cirrhosa: bearing tendrils; referring to the lang scales on the rhizome and stipe base.
Habitat: Deep shade of evergreen swamp forest.
Altitude range: 1200 - 1300 m
Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa, Madagascar, Comoro and Mascarene Islands.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Ctenitis cirrhosa.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=101970, retrieved 19 October 2021

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