136.800 Pellaea Link

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Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983) The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria.

Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca

Description of the genus

Rhizome usually shortly creeping with linear, black or brown, scales. Stipe dark reddish-brown to black, glabrous or with hairs or scales. Fronds pinnate to 4-pinnate with pinnae or ultimate segments articulated, glabrous or pubescent to tomentose. Sori submarginal, confluent into a soral line (rarely discrete), usually covered by a continuous indusium formed from the reflexed margin; paraphyses usually 0.

Derivation of name: pellos: dark-coloured, an allusion to the dark or black stipe or leaf stalks of most species.

Worldwide: c. 35 species, tropical, with a few species occuring in temporate and boreal regions.

Botswana: 2 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Callopistria maillardi (White Tangle)
Pellaea calomelanos var. calomelanos

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
boivinii Hook. var. boivinii Description, Image
calomelanos (Sw.) Link var. calomelanos N,SEDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Pellaea:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Pellaea
Flora of Mozambique: Pellaea
Flora of Zambia: Pellaea
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pellaea

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Pellaea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pellaea
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Pellaea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pellaea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pellaea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Pellaea.
http://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=29, retrieved 20 November 2017

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