Elaphoglossum rhodesianum Schelpe

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Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Rhizome creeping, c.5 mm in diameter; rhizome scales up to 9 × 2 mm long, pale-brown concolorous, lanceolate, margin subentire, apex pointed. Fronds simple, tufted, erect, thinly coriaceous. Stipe up to 56 cm long on fertile frond, up to 32 cm on the sterile frond, 3 mm in diameter, straw coloured above the articulation, dark-brown below, shiny with scattered narrowly ovate brown scales with slightely fringed margins. Sterile lamina narrowly elliptic to narrowly oblonceolate in outline, apex pointed, base decurrent, 43 × 3.5 cm, glabrous on both surfaces, veins c. 1 mm apart, midrib shallowly sulcate below, convex dorsally. Fertile lamina up to 25 × 1.3 cm, very narrowly linear-elliptic, apex gradually tapering to a point, base long tapering, glabrous.
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Habitat: Deep shade of evergreen forests, growing on continuously wet peaty soils near brooks and in seepage areas.
Altitude range: 1620 - 1710 m
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
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Kornas, J. (1979). Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych Page 111.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 13.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 149.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 131.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 211. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Elaphoglossum rhodesianum
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Wikipedia: Elaphoglossum rhodesianum

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: Elaphoglossum rhodesianum.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=213650, retrieved 4 March 2024

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