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Rhizome short, erect, with long stolons, not producing tubers.   Fronds tufted, suberect to arching, up to 4 m long.   Stipe up to 75 cm long, light brown, shiny, with narrowly lanceolate, light brown scales at the base, glabrous with age.   Lamina up to 3.25 × 0.5 m, narrowly elliptic to linear oblong-lanceolate in outline, pinnate, lower pinnae slightly reduced.   Pinnae shortly petiolate, narrowly oblong in outline, base oblique and broadly cuneate, unequal, apex tapering to a point, both surfaces thinly set with minute white hairs when young, hairless with age, margins shallowly serrate (more strongly at the apex), the serrations often occuring in pairs, veins free, ending in an inconspicuous hydathode.   Rhachis pale brown, thinly set with small white hairs and scattered pale brown scales.   Sori round, c. 1.5 mm in diameter, set in a submarginal line along both sides of the pinnae; indusia facing the margin, kidney-shaped, membranous, entire. 

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Source: Flora of Zimbabwe

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