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Rhizome short erect; rhizome scales up to 4 mm long, brown, narrowly ovate, entire.   Fronds tufted, erect to arching, not proliferous, herbaceous.   Stipe up to 4 cm long, matt to dark brown, with minute white hairs.   Lamina up to 60 × 15 cm, narrowly oblong-lanceolate to elliptic in outline, 2-pinnatifid, lower pinnae gradually reduced and widely spaced, lowest pinnae auriculate, reduced and reflexed.   Pinnae narrowly oblong-lanceolate, up to 9 × 1.5 cm; upper surface with short, white hairs; lower surface subglabrous but with distinctive yellowish or reddish glands particularly along the veins and the costules. Ultimate lobes oblong, apex rounded to acute, margins entire; veins 6-7 pairs, not meeting the veins of the adjacent lobes.   Rhachis pale brown, thinly set with minute pale hairs.   Sori up to 8 per lobe; exindusiate or indusia small, with short white hairs, very quickly falling of.


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Source: Flora of Zimbabwe

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