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Pteridium centraliafricanum (Hieron. ex R. E. Fries) Alston

Derivation of specific name

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aquilinum: of an eagle; either because the spreading pinnae resemble the wings of an aegle or a reference to the shape of the vascular bundle in the stipe.
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Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings
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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. and Ballings, P. (2002-2014). Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn
subsp. centrali-africanum Hieron. ex R.E.Fr. Flora of Zimbabwe website. Accessed 28 August 2014 at http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=101330
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Mark Hyde
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Bart Wursten
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Petra Ballings
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Description

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Rhizome widely creeping, subterranean, 5-10 mm in diameter; scales brown, very fine, up to 1 mm long. Fronds widely spaced, stiff, erect, hard, subglabrous, 0.5 - 1.75 m tall. Stipe up to 0.5 m long, underground portion swollen and covered with fine, brown hairs, above-ground portion pale-green, glabrous. Lamina 3-pinnatifid to 4-pinnate, triangular in outline. Pinnae stand out from the rhachis horizontally at nearly right angles. Basal pinnae as long as the frond; pinnae in the upper half 2-pinnate. Pinnules deeply incised, adnate to the costules and with apices that are long and narrow. Sori linear, continuous, situated just inside the inrolled margins; pseudo-indusium continuous.
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Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings
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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. and Ballings, P. (2002-2014). Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn
subsp. centrali-africanum Hieron. ex R.E.Fr. Flora of Zimbabwe website. Accessed 28 August 2014 at http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=101330
author
Mark Hyde
author
Bart Wursten
author
Petra Ballings
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Flora of Zimbabwe

Frequency

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Locally abundant
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Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings
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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. and Ballings, P. (2002-2014). Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn
subsp. centrali-africanum Hieron. ex R.E.Fr. Flora of Zimbabwe website. Accessed 28 August 2014 at http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=101330
author
Mark Hyde
author
Bart Wursten
author
Petra Ballings
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Flora of Zimbabwe

Worldwide distribution

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Angola, Burundi, Congo, DRC, Gabon, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
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Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings
bibliographic citation
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. and Ballings, P. (2002-2014). Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn
subsp. centrali-africanum Hieron. ex R.E.Fr. Flora of Zimbabwe website. Accessed 28 August 2014 at http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=101330
author
Mark Hyde
author
Bart Wursten
author
Petra Ballings
original
visit source
partner site
Flora of Zimbabwe