Asplenium schelpei A.F. Braithw.

Selected images: Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record View all images (2)

Asplenium schelpei

Photo: Petra Ballings
SRGH

Asplenium schelpei

Photo: Petra Ballings
SRGH

Detailed records: Display species records QDS maps by: Google Maps Point records by Google Maps

Species details: Click on each item to see an explanation of that item (Note: opens a new window)

Synonyms:
Common names:
Frequency:
Status:
Description:
Rhizome short, creeping; scales reddish brown, clathrate, lineair, up to 7 mm long. Fronds closely spaced, tufted, coriaceous. Stipe 8-15 cm long, scaly, dark brown, green on upper surface towards lamina. Lamina 9-20(30) cm × 4-9 cm, bipinnate, oblong-lanceolate in outline, 7-15 pairs of pinnae, basal pinnae not or very slightly reduced. Pinnae glabrous, elongate-trapeziform, 1-5 pinnules below the apex. Pinnules rounded, cuneate to spathulate, shiny dark green above, matt paler green below; margins irregular, shallowly dentate at slightly lobed apices. Sori 5-12 mm long, linear, almost totally covering the undersurface of the pinnules when mature; indusium entire.
Notes: A. schelpei is difficult to distinguish from other ferns in the A. aethiopicum-complex. A. schelpei has reddish brown, clathrate, linear rhizome scales; the lamina is 2-pinnate, thickly leathery, shiny bright dark green above & matt, paler green below; it often forms colonies. In the A. aethiopicum-complex rhizome scales are light to very dark brown, narrowly subulate to linear; lamina is more divided (deeply 2-pinnatifid to 3-pinnate) and is herbaceous to leathery.
Derivation of specific name: Schelpei: named after E.A.C.L.E. Schelpe
Habitat: Full sun or light shade at base of boulders on rocky outcrops, in quartzite and granite rock crevices. Terrestrial or lithophyte.
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 1300 m
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Tuesday 15 November 2011
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Page 248. Placed within Asplenium aethiopicum complex!

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 650 - 651. (Includes a picture).

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 366 - 368. (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 170.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 96.


Comments

comments powered by Disqus

Other sources of information about Asplenium schelpei:

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Asplenium schelpei
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Asplenium schelpei
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Asplenium schelpei
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Asplenium schelpei
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Asplenium schelpei
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Asplenium schelpei
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Asplenium schelpei
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Asplenium schelpei
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Asplenium schelpei
Ispot Southern Africa: Asplenium schelpei
JSTOR Plant Science: Asplenium schelpei
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Asplenium schelpei
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Asplenium schelpei
The Plant List (version 1.1): Asplenium schelpei
Tropicos: Asplenium schelpei


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 schelpei.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=102720, retrieved 20 September 2017

Site software last modified: 28 December 2016 2:55pm (GMT +2)
Terms of use