Elaphoglossum welwitschii (Baker) C. Chr.

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Rizome creeping, up to 6 mm in diameter; rhizome scales lanceolate, ferrugineous, concolorous, aciminate, up to 3.5 × 0.7 mm. Fronds tufted, simple, firmly membranous. Stipe up to 10 cm long, pale brown, densely set with pale reddish-brown ovate scales. Sterile lamina up to 12 × 1.7 cm, very narrowly elliptic, apex tapering to a point, base tapered, margins usually recurved, both surfaces with ciliate ovate to oblong scales up to 0.8 mm long. Fertile lamina linear with a tapering base.
Type location:
Notes: Kornas, J. (1979): Occurence in Zambia seems to be based on an herbarium specimen (Richards 14969, K). This record belongs to E. spathulatum subsp. salicifolium, and has been correctly identified by Schelpe himself (in herbario), but erroneously cited later under E. welwitschii.
Derivation of specific name: welwitschii: named after the Austrian botanist, Friedrich Martin Welwitsch (1806-1872)
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Malawi, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces):
Growth form(s): Lithophyte.
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Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 97.

Kornas, J. (1979). Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych Page 111.

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 7.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 152.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 133.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 216.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Elaphoglossum welwitschii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=102240, retrieved 4 March 2024

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