Elaphoglossum zambesiacum Schelpe

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Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Rhizome creeping, c. 4 mm in diameter; rhizome scales 5 × 1 mm, pale-brown, concolorous, lanceolate acuminate, margin mostly entire or with occasional hair-like outgrows. Fronds simple, closely spaced, coriaceous. Sterile fronds: stipe up to 11 cm long, pale greenish-grey or pale brown, at first set with linear, pale brown scales up to 5 mm long, later becoming subglabrous. Sterile lamina oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic in outline, apex sharply pointed, base wedge-shaped and prolonged down the axis, up to 10 × 3 cm, margin with a pale, tough border. Fertile fronds: lamina very narrowly oblanceolate, base prolonged down the axis, hairless. Sporangia covering the undersurface of the lamina.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: zambesiacum: of the Zambezi region
Habitat: Confined to higher rainfall areas, streamside rocks in shade.
Altitude range: 1200 - 1500 m
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,Mc,C
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Kornas, J. (1979). Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych Page 112.

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 133.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 210.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Elaphoglossum zambesiacum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Elaphoglossum zambesiacum
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Wikipedia: Elaphoglossum zambesiacum

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 zambesiacum.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=213680, retrieved 4 March 2024

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