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Rhizome short, erect, up to 10 mm in diameter, producing underground stolons that give rise to new plants at their tips; rhizome scales dark brown with pale brown margins, lanceolate, margin (sub)entire, up to 9 mm long.  Fronds tufted, erect to arching, herbaceous.  Stipe dark brown, up to 60 cm long, densely set with short, brown hairs and with narrow scales at the extreme base.  Lamina 15-45 cm × 15-50 cm, roughly pentagonal to triangular in outline, 3-pinnate to 5-pinnatifid; lower pinnae basiscopically developed, 2/3-3/4 the length of the lamina, upper pinnae less divided.   Pinnules shortly petiolate, deltate-lanceolate in outline; ultimate segments oblong-lanceolate, decurrent, rounded, venation free, both surfaces lightly set with short hairs up to 1 mm long.  Rhachis, costae and costules thinly pubescent.  Sori small, less than 1 mm in diameter, marginal, discrete; indusium small, lunate, (sub)entire, membranous.


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© Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings

Source: Flora of Zimbabwe

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