Elaphoglossum coursii Tardieu

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Status: Native
Rhizome moderately long creeping and occasionally branching, 1-3 mm in diameter; rhizome scales dark brown to black with paler base and margins, ovate to ovate elliptic, margin with cilia especially at the base, base auriculate with overlapping lobes, apex acute. Fronds simple, space 0.5-1 cm apart, sub-coriaceous to coriaceous. Sterile fronds: 20-35 cm, stipe up to 15 cm long, stramineous to dark brown, grooved, bearing scales similar to rhizome scales but larger and paler. Sterile lamina linear- elliptic to linear in outline, apex sharply pointed or tapering to a point, base tapering and prolonged down the axis, 10-24 × 0.6-1.8 cm, glabrous above, paler and with small brown scales 0.2-1mm below, margins rolled outwards towards the abaxial side. Fertile fronds: equaling or slightly shorter than sterile fronds but with a slightly longer stipe, lamina linear-elliptic to linear-obovate, apex with a short narrow point, base narrowly wedge-shaped and prolonged down the axis. Sporangia covering the undersurface of the lamina.
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Notes: This species resembles E. acrostichoides, but can be distinguished by its darker, lustrous and stiffer rhizome scales.
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Worldwide distribution: Comoro Isl., Madagascar, Réunion and Zambia.
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Lorence, D.H. & Rouhan, G. (2004). A revision of the Mascarene species of Elaphoglossum (Elaphoglossaceae) Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 91 Page 545.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 127.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Elaphoglossum coursii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Elaphoglossum coursii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Elaphoglossum coursii
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Elaphoglossum coursii
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JSTOR Plant Science: Elaphoglossum coursii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Elaphoglossum coursii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Elaphoglossum coursii
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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: Elaphoglossum coursii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=213640, retrieved 24 October 2021

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