1. Family: Aspleniaceae Newman
    1. Genus: Thelypteris Schmidel
      1. Thelypteris pulchra (Bory ex Willd.) Schelpe

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Nigeria to Ethiopia and Mpulamanga, W. Indian Ocean.

    [FTEA]

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

    Type
    Type: Réunion, Bory de St Vincent 81 (B-W 19787, holo., seen by Holttum)
    Rhizomes
    Rhizome erect, up to 60 cm tall, often covered with dead frond bases; scales ± 5 mm long
    Leaves
    Fronds tufted, 0.8–2 m tall or trailing to 2.5 m
    Stipes
    Stipe (measured to first large pinna) up to 70 cm long, minutely pubescent
    Leaf lamina
    Lamina oblong, deeply bipinnatifid, up to 1.5 m long, 65 cm wide; reduced pinnae up to 10 pairs or more, lowest 3–5 mm long, uppermost 15 mm, all deeply lobed; largest pinnae 20–33 cm long, 2–3.5 cm wide, acuminate; lobes narrowly oblong, falcate, up to 1.8 cm long, 4 mm wide, lower surface sparsely hairy on costae and rachis and with short capitate glandular hairs on costules, veins and lamina; veins up to 18 pairs
    Indusium
    Indusium with short capitate glandular hairs or these ± lacking, sometimes also with acicular hairs
    Figures
    Fig 3, p 9
    Ecology
    Riverine and swamp forest, seasonally inundated bushland, lake and stream banks and swamp edges; 750–2250 m
    Note
    Holttum (in J.S. Afr. Bot. 40: 137 (1974)) described Pseudocyclosorus camerounensis from Cameroon (Type: Cameroon, Djuttitsa, Meurillon CNAC 726 (K!, holo.; P, iso.) characterised by the reduced pinnae, each consisting of a prominent aerophore with no distinct lamina and allying it with a Chinese and Indian species. Later Holttum and Grimes (K.B. 34: 503 (1979)) referred a Uganda specimen to this species ( Loveridge 306, K!), Ruwenzori, Mobuku Valley at 1850 m, 2 Jan. 1939, beside river) saying it differed in having pinnae 3 cm wide and hairs 1 mm long on lower surface of costae and might be a “distinct local variety”. I have been unable to distinguish this from many other Ugandan, Kenyan and Tanzanian sheets of P. pulcher many identified as such by Holttum (or as one of its synonyms). There seems continuous variation between small reduced pinnae, aerophores with a small lamina and aerophores. Only study of populations in the field will show if there are constant differences. I certainly do not believe Loveridge 306 is closer to a Chinese species P. tylodes (Kunze) Ching than to the bulk of the material treated as P. pulcher. Many herbarium specimens are devoid of stipes or show only a portion, so these would be impossible to distinguish anyway. The Cameroon material of P. camerounensis needs further comparison with West African P. pulcher.
    Distribution
    Flora districts: U2 U3 K3 K4 K5 T2 T3 T 4 , T6 T7 T8 Range: Cameroon, Bioko, Congo (Kinshasa), Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Angola, Malawi, Zimbabwe; Mascarene Is. & Madagascar
    [FWTA]

    Thelypteridaceae, A. H. G. Alston. Flora of West Tropical Africa. Ferns and Fern-Allies Supplement. 1959

    Habit
    Terrestrial in forest; 3, 000 to 5, 000 ft. alt.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Comoros, Ethiopia, Gulf of Guinea Is., Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Extinct in:

    Mauritius, Réunion

    Thelypteris pulchra (Bory ex Willd.) Schelpe appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Gilpin, H. [s.n.], Madagascar Pseudocyclosorus pulcher K000435807 Unknown type material
    Gilpin, H. [s.n.], Madagascar Pseudocyclosorus pulcher K000435808 Unknown type material

    First published in 3(1): 54 (1976)

    Not accepted by

    • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). World Ferns: Checklist of Ferns and Lycophytes of the World Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands. [Cited as Amauropelta strigosa.]

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    Flora of West Tropical Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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