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Rhizome creeping, c. 1 cm in diameter; rhizome scales pale brown, up to 1.7 mm long, lanceolate in outline, margin subentire.   Fronds tufted, arching, herbaceous.   Stipe up to 30 cm long, straw-coloured, darker near the base, with scales similar to rhizome but often with a dark brown centre.   Lamina up to 65 × 35 cm, 3-pinnatifid to 3-pinnate, lanceolate in outline.   Pinnae narrowly oblong, basal pinnae unequally triangular with the basiscopic pinnules much larger. Ultimate lobes oblong, glabrous on both surfaces, margins deeply serrate-aristate.  Rhachis straw-coloured, set with a few pale brown scales.   Sori, round, small, 1-4 per lobe; indusium brown, erose, subcircular to kidney-shaped.


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© Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings

Source: Flora of Zimbabwe

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