Thelypteris hispidula (Decne.) C.F. Reed — Overview

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Rhizome erect or inclining, c.20 mm in diameter; rhizome scales up to 6 mm long, dark brown, lanceolate, often thinly pilose.   Fronds tufted, arching, not proliferous, herbaceous.   Stipe up to 40 cm long, pale brown, thinly set with minute stiff hairs.   Lamina up to 59 × 30 cm, ovate to broadly lanceolate in outline, deeply 2-pinnatifid, apex tapering to a point with a pinnatifid terminal segment, basal 2 pairs of pinnae slightly reduced and deflexed.  Pinnae linear-oblong, apex tapering to a point; ultimate lobes narrowly oblong, slightly falcate, apex rounded, basal acroscopic lobe enlarged; both surfaces with long, white hairs, more so below, particularly along the veins, costae and costules; veins 1 pair meeting some way below the sinus. Rhachis set with long pale hairs.   Sori round, up to 13 per lobe; indusia coriaceous, thickly set with long white hairs.


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Source: Flora of Zimbabwe

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