Actiniopteris radiata (Sw.) Link.

Abotsi, Komla Elikplim, Radji, Aboudou R., Rouhan, Germinal, Dubuisson, Jean-Yves & Kokou, Kouami, 2015, The Pteridaceae family diversity in Togo, Biodiversity Data Journal 3, pp. 5078-5078 : 5078

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Actiniopteris radiata (Sw.) Link.


Actiniopteris radiata (Sw.) Link.

Acrostichum dichotomum Forssk., A. radiatum (Sw.) Poir, Acropteris radiata (Sw.) Link, Pteris radiata (Sw.) Bojer, Asplenium polydactylon Webb., A. radiatum Sw, Actiniopteris australis Sim., A. australis var. radiata (Sw.) C. Chr


Type status: Other material. Occurrence: catalogNumber: 11961 ; recordNumber: 5001; recordedBy: J.-F. Brunel; lifeStage: Adult; reproductiveCondition: Fertile; Taxon: nameAccordingToID: The Plant List; scientificName: Actinopterisradiata Koen ex Roxb.; kingdom: Plantae; phylum: Monilophyta; class: Polypodiidae; order: Polypodiales; family: Pteridaceae; genus: Actinopteris; specificEpithet: radiata; taxonRank: species; scientificNameAuthorship: Koehn ex Roxb.; Location: continent: Africa; country: Togo; stateProvince: Kara; decimalLatitude: 9.5833333; decimalLongitude: 1.1666667; geodeticDatum: WGS 1984; Identification: identifiedBy: J.-F. Brunel; dateIdentified: /6/1973; Event: eventDate: /6/1973; Record Level: institutionID: Herbarium togoense; collectionID: TOGO GoogleMaps

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Togo (Ecological Zone 2), South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, D.R.Congo, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Djibouti, Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, Somalia, Madagascar, Comores, Seychelles, La Réunion, Mauritius, Angola, Sudan, SE-Egypt, Ethiopia, N-Yemen, Saudi Arabia, India, Sri Lanka, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Burma, Cape Verde Isl.


Small fern with an erect rhizome and fronds in clumps, with lanceolate scales toothed at their base, Actiniopteris radiata has a petiole of 5-15 cm long, sparsely scaly (Fig. 5a). The scales are marginate and reddish at the base. The lamina is flabellate, 2 to 4 cm long and 3-5 cm wide, semi-circular. It is divided into linear lobes, toothed at the top (Fig. 5b). The texture of the leaf is leathery. Actiniopteris radiata usually grows on rocks, cliff edges and rocky terrain, especially in dry forests.