Asplenium anisophyllum Kunze

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Asplenium anisophyllum

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Asplenium anisophyllum

Photo: Petra Ballings
BR

Asplenium anisophyllum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunga Forest, Vumba

Asplenium anisophyllum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Bunga Forest, Vumba

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Synonyms: Asplenium anisophyllum Kunze var. microphyllum Kuhn
Asplenium anisophyllum Kunze var. minutidentatum Bonap.
Asplenium chlaenopteron Fée
Asplenium geppii Carruth.
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Rhizome erect; rhizome scales pale brown, lanceolate, up to 12 mm; fronds tufted, pinnate, not proliferous. Stipe up to 48 cm long, matt brown, hairless with few scales at base similar to rhizome. Lamina 80 × 30 cm, ovate-elliptic in outline, 10-20 pairs of pinnae, terminal pinnae at the apex of the frond resembling the middle pinnae. Pinnae narrowly lanceolate, asymmetric at the base, glabrous above with a few scales on costae and veins below, margins toothed.  Sori linear, up to 5 mm long, set along the veins at 60° to the costa; indusium entire, opening towards the costa.
Notes: Differs from similar species by not proliferous fronds, toothed margins and dull green fronds.
Derivation of specific name: Aniso-: unequal; -phyllum:  leaf (pinnae): the pinnae basis of this species is assymmetric
Habitat: Shaded areas in evergreen forest; terrestrial, epiphytic or lithophytic.
Altitude range: (metres) 200 - 2000 m
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Sao Tomé, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Images last updated: Sunday 25 September 2011
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 214 - 216. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. , Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 91.

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 588 - 589. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 9.

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 337 - 338. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 5.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 162. (Includes a picture).

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 79.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Pages 170 - 172.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Asplenium anisophyllum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=102390, retrieved 25 November 2017

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