Stenochlaena tenuifolia (Desv.) Moore
  • Gard. Chron.


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Morphology

Rhizome creeping along ground or ascending trees, up to 20 m long and 10-15 mm in diameter. Indusium absent. Fertile frond erect, usually 2-pinnate. Stipe pale brown, 0.3-0.5 m long. Sterile frond erect, pinnate. Lamina 0.8-1.5 x 0.25-0.40 m. Pinnae linear, up to 270 x 30 mm.

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    Rhizome creeping along ground or ascending trees, up to 20 m long and 10-15 mm in diameter, bearing widely spaced fronds, oblong in outline, and sparsely set with dark brown subulate rhizome-scales up to 5 mm long, becoming glabrous with age. Stipe pale brown, sulcate, glabrous, 0.3-0.5 m long. Sterile fronds erect, pinnate; lamina 0.8-1.5 x 0.25-0.4 m, somewhat reduced basally; pinnae linear, glabrous, petiolate, firmly membranous, acute, acuminate, up to 270 x 30 mm, base unequally cuneate, margin minutely cartilaginous-serrate. Fertile fronds erect, 2-pinnate or in rarely pinnate; lamina 0.6-1.4 x 0.2-0.4 m, somewhat reduced basally; pinnae up to 0.25 m long, pinnately divided into narrowly linear segments adnate to rhachis or petiolate, glabrous above, up to 80 x 2 mm.

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    Habitat

    Riverine forests and kloofs.

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    The coastal forests of Natal and on the coastal plain of southern Mozambique, both on the forest floor and as a scandent epiphyte in masses covering large trees, especially on less shaded tree boles.

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    Distribution

    Transkei, Natal, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar, Pemba, Zanzibar, Mafia Island, Galega Island, Mauritius and Comoro Islands.

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      Bibliography

    • 1 Gard. Chron.
    • 2 Herman, PPJ; Retief, E. 1997. Plants of thenorthern provinces of South Africa: keys and diagnostic characters. Strelitzia 6: 1 - 681. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • 3 Schelpe, EACLE; Anthony, NC. 1986. Pteridophyta. In: O.A. Leistner (ed.). Fl. S. Africa : 1 - 278.

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