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Tectaria gemmifera

Tectaria gemmifera, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Tracheophyta
Divisio: Pteridophyta
Classis: Polypodiopsida
Ordo: Polypodiales

Familia: Tectariaceae
Genus: Tectaria
Species: Tectaria gemmifera

Tectaria gemmifera, the snail fern, is a species of fern in the family Tectariaceae. It is native to Africa from the equator southwards, and is present in the DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Madagascar.[1] Its natural habitat is deeply shaded forest floors[2] of moist subtropical or tropical forest, and it occurs from 600 to 2,550 metres above sea level.[1] The Latin name refers to the gemma that are produced by the fronds of this species.

Roux, J.P.; Shaffer-Fehre, Monika; Verdcourt, Bernard (2007). "Flora of Tropical East Africa". JSTOR Global Plants. Kew Gardens. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
Hyde, Mark. "Tectaria gemmifera (Fée) Alston". Flora of Zimbabwe. Retrieved 8 January 2015.

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