Marsilea burchellii (Kunze) A. Br.

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Status: Native
Floating form: stipe up to 6 cm long, slender; leaflets up to 8 × 6 mm, obovate, outer margin rounded, entire, hairless. Dry land form: stipe up to 3.5 mm long, leaflets yp to 4 × 2.5 mm, narrowly obovate to suborbicular, margins entire, hairless above and variously set with long hairs below. Sporocarps: solitary or 2 together, blakish when old, 1.25-2.5 mm long, 1.5-2 mm high, 0.6-1.5 mm thick, saddle-shaped, upper side deeply concave, lower side rounded, subcircular to squarish in lateral view, broadly oval or lemon-shaped in dorsoventral cross-section; set with long hairs when young, hairless when mature; lateral ribs not visible in mature specimens; lower tooth absent, upper tooth present, narrow and sharp or short and obtuse; pedicels up to 10 mm long, slender, erect, straight or slightly curved, free, 1 or 2 arising from the axil of the stipe.
Derivation of specific name: burchellii: named after W.J. Burchell (1781-1863), English botanical and zoological collector.
Habitat: Vleis, edges of ponds, pools or along water courses, usually in muddy or black turfy soil.
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N
Growth form(s): Aquatic, terrestrial.
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Page 79. (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 262 - 263. (Includes a picture).

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 488 - 489. (Includes a picture).

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 175.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 55.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 66.

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): Marsilea burchellii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Marsilea burchellii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Marsilea burchellii
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Marsilea burchellii
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Marsilea burchellii
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Marsilea burchellii
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JSTOR Plant Science: Marsilea burchellii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Marsilea burchellii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Marsilea burchellii
Plants of the World Online: Marsilea burchellii
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Wikipedia: Marsilea burchellii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Marsilea burchellii., retrieved 27 May 2022

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