Pellaea boivinii Hook.
var. boivinii

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Pellaea boivinii var. boivinii

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Domboshawa, Harare

Pellaea boivinii var. boivinii

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Ngomakurira, Chinhamora CL.

Pellaea boivinii var. boivinii

Photo: Petra Ballings
Ngomakurira, Chinhamora CL.

Pellaea boivinii var. boivinii

Photo: Petra Ballings
Ngomakurira, Chinhamora CL.

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Synonyms: Allosorus boivinii (Hook.) Kuntze
Pteris boivinii (Hook.) Bedd.
Common names:
Rhizome erect to short creeping; rhizome scales dark to golden brown, paler margins, top slowly tapering to a point, up to 10 mm long. Fronds tufted, erect, coriaceous. Stipe brownish black, shining, up to 22 cm long, as long to 1.8 times as long as the lamina, with a few scales near the base, similar to those on the rhizome. Lamina sharply triangular in outline, c. 100-180 mm × 56-150 mm, bi-pinnate to tri-pinnate on the basiscopically developed basal pinnae, pinnae petiolate, deltate, up to 15 pairs. Pinnules up to 18 mm × 3-6 mm, oblong to ovate-rectangular in outline, deep subglossy green above, paler below, margins entire, apex rounded, base cordate, articulated to the apices of short petiolules, glabrous on both surfaces, veins hardly visible, free. Rhachis, secondary rhachis brownish black, with short brown hairs on the upper surfaces. Sori marginal, continuous to within a few milimeters of the apex, indusium entire, membranous, continuous.
Notes: Not listed for Botswana in Germishuizen & Meyer, Strelitzia 14 (2003)
Derivation of specific name: boivinii: named after L.H. Boivin (1808-1852), French collector and botanist.
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Comolo Isl., Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, as well as Sri Lanka and southern India.
Botswana distribution:
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 168 - 169. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 28. As Pellaea boivinii

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 410 - 411. (Includes a picture).

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 274 - 275. (Includes a picture).

Kornas, J. (1979). Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych Page 53.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 9.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 70.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 189.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 131.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 16. as Pellaea boivinii

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Pellaea boivinii var. boivinii., retrieved 25 June 2024

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