Asplenium mossambicense Schelpe

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Asplenium mossambicense

Photo: Petra Ballings
SRGH

Asplenium mossambicense

Photo: Petra Ballings
By the Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

Asplenium mossambicense

Photo: Petra Ballings
By the Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

Asplenium mossambicense

Photo: Petra Ballings
By the Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

Asplenium mossambicense

Photo: Petra Ballings
BR

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Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Description:
Rhizome erect, c.5 mm diameter; scales dark brown, lanceolate, entire, up to 4 mm long. Fronds tufted, proliferous at the base of the terminal pinea, fertile fronds 1/3 longer than sterile fronds. Stipe up to 23 cm (42.5 cm), stipe and rhachis with a few dark brown scales. Lamina 15 cm × 9 cm (sterile), 25 cm × 12 cm (fertile), pinnate. Pinnae glabrous with a few minute scales along the costa, up to 8 pairs, oblong-elliptic, margin crenate, base asymmetrical. Sori linear, set at 45° to the costa; indusium entire, membranous.
Notes: Rare fern, endemic to the sub region. Confused with A. christii; A. mossambicense has weakly dimorphic fronds and pinnae that are less widely spaced distally.
Derivation of specific name: mossambicense: of Mozambique; type specimen was found on Mount Gorongosa in Mozambique.
Habitat: Deeply shaded moist evergreen forest. Terrestrial or lithophyte.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 1250 m
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Lithophyte.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Images last updated: Sunday 6 November 2011
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 218 - 220. (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 333 - 334. (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 168.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 91.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Pages 172 - 173.


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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 mossambicense.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=102630, retrieved 26 September 2017

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