Drynaria volkensii Hieron.

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Drynaria volkensii

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Zovo Chipolo Forest, Nyika National Park

Drynaria volkensii

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Lake Kaulime, Nyika National Park

Drynaria volkensii

Picture: Petra Ballings
Luwawa Forest Reserve, Viphya, Mzimba

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Synonyms: Drynaria saccardoi Cufod.
Drynaria volkensii Hieron. var. macrosora Hieron.
Drynaria volkensii Hieron. var. uondensis Fiori
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Status: Native
Rhizome up to 1 cm in diameter, creeping, often encircling the boles of large trees; rhizome scales dark-castaneous, spinose, up to 6 mm long. Fronds spaced, dimorph. Sterile "nest" fronds up to 24 × 18 cm., sessile, erect, ovate in outline, chartaceous, with prominent veins, pinnatifid into narrowly oblong acute to obtuse lobes, glabrous except for minute brown laciniate scales along the midrib. Fertile fronds erect to arching, firmly herbaceous, stipitate. Stipe pale brown, up to 15 × 0.3–0.4 cm, glabrous. Lamina up to 67 × 32 cm, ovate-oblong in outline, with a narrow wing decurrent onto the stipe, pinnatifid almost to the midrib into cultrate acute-acuminate lobes up to 23 × 4 cm, base abruptly broadened adnate, margin minutely and irregularly notched, thinly set with brown laciniate scales when young, glabrous at maturity. Sori 2–2.5 mm in diameter, round, borne close to the costa about 3 mm apart.
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Habitat: Evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 2100 - 2150 m
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
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Content last updated: Saturday 23 March 2019

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Drynaria volkensii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=213730, retrieved 24 May 2024

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