Parapolystichum vogelii (Hook.) Rouhan

First published in Brittonia 67: 84 (2014)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is W. Tropical Africa to Uganda. It grows primarily in the wet tropical biome.


Dryopteridaceae, JP Roux, M Shaffer-Fehre, B Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2007

Lectotype: Bioko [Fernando Po], Vogel 229 (K!, lecto.), chosen by Alston, 1959)
Morphology General Habit
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome ascending, with linear scales to 10 × 0.5 mm with long marginal processes
Morphology Leaves Stipes
Stipe light brown to stramineous, to 65 cm long, glabrous except for a few scales near the base and a few dark brown scales in the grooves on the upper surface.
Morphology Leaves Leaf lamina
Lamina herbaceous to subcoriaceous, dark green, quinquangular, to 145 × 100 cm, 3-pinnate to 4-pinnatifid. Lamina adaxially glabrous, abaxially both vascular system and lamina covered in stout white hairs and tiny glands
Morphology Leaves Rachis
Rachis winged near apex, stramineous.
Morphology Leaves Pinnae
Pinnae (not counted) with the lowermost pair much enlarged and basiscopically produced, 30–52 × 25–30 cm; pinna rachis tomentose on upper surface, glabrous on lower surface; ultimate segments obliquely narrowly oblong, apex acute to obtuse.
Morphology Leaves Leaf veins
Veins free, not reaching margin, catadromous except near apex of pinnules, with few stiff, spreading hairs on lower surface,
Morphology Leaves
Costae with 3–4-celled brownish appressed hairs. Fronds tufted, gemmiferous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Sori
Sori medial on the middle of simple veinlets or on acroscopic branch of forked veinlets, superficial, orbicular, 1–1.8 mm in diameter, exindusiate; stalked paraphyses from soral stalk, glandular head ovoid, sporangial stalk short with yellow, septate glandular hair (paraphysis)
Morphology Reproductive morphology Spores
Spores monolete
Figure 4: 1-6
Riverine and swamp forest; 1130–1200 m
Widespread; least concern (LC)
Christensen based Dryopteris subcoriacea directly on Polypodium vogelii Hook., as a new name was necessary in Dryopteris due to the presence of D. vogelii (Hook.) C.Chr., based on Aspidium vogelii Hook. (1854). The lectotype for D. subcoriacea is therefore the same as for Polypodium vogelii.
Range: Nigeria, Bioko, Cameroon, Congo-Kinshasa Flora districts: U4


None recorded for our area


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