Cheilanthes botswanae Schelpe & N.C. Anthony

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Status: Native
Rhizome shortly creeping to ascending; rhizome scales pale brown or more frequently black, apex slowly tapering to a point, margin pale, entire, up to 4 mm long. Fronds closely spaced. Stipe 6-14 cm, brown, grooved above, set with brown, hairlike scales up to 3 mm long. Lamina 9-17 × 3.5-7 cm, narrowly ovate to lanceolate in outline, 2-3 pinnate; ultimate segments oblong to narrowly hastate, venation obscure, free, hairless, undersurface occasionally set with a few scales along the costules. Rhachis and secondary rhachises brown, grooved above, densely covered with lanceolate scales. Sori marginal; indusium continuous, subentire.
Notes: Very difficult to distinguish from both varieties of C. involuta, some feel that it should be treated as a variety of that species.
Derivation of specific name: botswanae: from Botswana, the type specimen was collected in this country.
Habitat: Dry, rocky outcrops in mixed woodland, in areas that have a long, hot dry period in the winter and spring months.
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, South Africa.
Botswana distribution: SE
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 148 - 149. (Includes a picture).

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 388 - 389. (Includes a picture).

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 61.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 180.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 15.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cheilanthes botswanae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cheilanthes botswanae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cheilanthes botswanae
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cheilanthes botswanae
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cheilanthes botswanae
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cheilanthes botswanae
JSTOR Plant Science: Cheilanthes botswanae
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cheilanthes botswanae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cheilanthes botswanae
Plants of the World Online: Cheilanthes botswanae
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Wikipedia: Cheilanthes botswanae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Cheilanthes botswanae., retrieved 27 March 2023

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