1. Family: Aspleniaceae Newman
    1. Genus: Thelypteris Schmidel
      1. Thelypteris afra (Christ) C.F.Reed

        This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Tropical Africa to Sudan and Angola.

    [FTEA]

    Thelypteridaceae, Bernard Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2006

    Type
    Type: Central African Republic, Haut-Oubangui, near Ouaka, Chevalier 5799 (P, lecto.; K!, iso.)
    Rhizomes
    Rhizome long-creeping, ± 7 mm in diameter
    Leaves
    Fronds spaced ± 5 cm apart, 1–2 m tall
    Stipes
    Stipe 35–54 cm long with narrow hairy scales at base
    Leaf lamina
    Lamina ovate-oblong, 30–60 cm long, 25–34 cm wide, simply pinnate, the basal 2–3 pairs of pinnae sometimes abruptly reduced and strongly auricled, the lowest only 1–2 cm long; aerophores white and slightly swollen in living material; largest pinnae linear-oblong, 11–24 cm long, 2–5 cm wide, long acuminate at the apex, broadly cuneate at the base, crenate, the lobes ovate-oblong, 3–7 mm long, 2.5–5 mm wide; lower surface of costa etc shortly hairy; veins in 10–12 pairs with 4–6 pairs anastomosing
    Indusium
    Indusia present, hairy
    Sporangia
    Sporangia usually with 2–3 setae.
    Ecology
    Evergreen forest swamps, Khaya forest, streamside forest; 650–1500 m
    Note
    For hybrids of this with Christella dentata see Chrismatopteris p. 19. Taylor 3232A (Uganda, Toro District: Mpanga Forest, 25 Jan. 1935, almost lacks sporangial setae.
    Distribution
    Flora districts: U2 U4 T4 T6 T7 Range: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Bioko, Central African Republic, Congo (Kinshasa), Burundi, Angola

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zaïre

    Thelypteris afra (Christ) C.F.Reed appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jul 1, 2005 Fay Louis [4808], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000338354
    Nov 1, 2003 Etuge, M. [4804], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000746279
    Aug 1, 2001 Etuge, M. [2742], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000108966
    Jul 1, 2001 Lane, P. [302], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000109186
    Jul 1, 2001 Cheek, M. [10172], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000109187
    Jul 1, 2001 Cable, S. [754], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000109182
    Jul 1, 2001 Cable, S. [1230], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000109185
    Jul 1, 2001 Cable, S. [3740], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000109055
    Aug 1, 1996 Lane, P. [42], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000540309
    Aug 1, 1996 Lane, P. [42], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000540319
    Aug 1, 1996 Cheek, M. [7912 A], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000008028
    Aug 1, 1996 Cheek, M. [7912 A], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000008029
    Aug 1, 1996 Balding, S. [80], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000109183
    Aug 1, 1996 Balding, S. [80], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000109184
    Jul 1, 1996 Ameka, G. [20], Ghana Pneumatopteris afra K000812121
    Jul 1, 1996 Ameka, G. [184], Ghana Pneumatopteris afra K000812122
    Jul 1, 1996 Ameka, G. [288], Ghana Pneumatopteris afra K000812123
    Jan 1, 1996 Thomas, D.W. [9947], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000518554
    Jan 1, 1996 Thomas, D.W. [9787], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000540242
    Jan 1, 1996 Thomas, D.W. [9716], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000540252
    Jan 1, 1996 Cheek, M. [4983], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000540250
    Jan 1, 1996 Cheek, M. [4983], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000540251
    Jan 1, 1996 Cheek, M. [5131], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000540253
    Jan 1, 1996 Sunderland, T.C.H. [1139], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000540254
    Jan 1, 1996 Watts, J. [194], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000540320
    Jan 1, 1996 Watts, J. [691], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000540255
    Jan 1, 1996 Watts, J. [1006], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000540256
    Jan 1, 1996 Watts, J. [988], Cameroon Pneumatopteris afra K000540317
    Chevalier, A. [5799], Central African Republic Pneumatopteris afra K000435830 Unknown type material

    First published in Phytologia 17: 258 (1968)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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