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Aspects of the phytogeography of African Pteridophyta

E. A. C. L. E. Schelpe
Bothalia | Vol 14, No 3/4 | a1187 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v14i3/4.1187 | © 1983 E. A. C. L. E. Schelpe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 November 1983 | Published: 06 November 1983

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E. A. C. L. E. Schelpe, Bolus Herbarium, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Abstract

A diversity of distribution patterns exhibited by African pteridophytes on intercontinental and continental scales are presented. Occasional random dispersal among the Pteridophyta over long distances is accepted. The ecological importance of the gametophyte phase is inferred. Future progress in the elucidation of African fern phytogeography will require a broader alpha-taxonomic pan-African base and the plotting of many more distribution maps.


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