Asplenium sebungweense J.E. Burrows

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Status: Native
Description:
Rhizome creeping, c.5 mm diameter; scales dark brown, subentire, with a long hair tip, up to 4 mm long, linear-lanceolate. Fronds spaced apart. Stipe up to 26 cm, as long or longer than lamina, dark brown to black, glabrous at age. Lamina 2-pinnate to 3-pinnatifid, 15-25 cm × 10-14 cm, ovate to triangular in outline, basal pair of pinnae longer than those above. Pinnae ovate to triangular. Pinnules obcuneate to oblanceolate, 4-14 mm broad, apical margin irregularly serrate and incised, dark green glabrous above, below paler and glabrous distally and with scattered, black hair-like scales near base and secondary rhachises. Rhachis black proximally, matt green distally, with scattered dark scales and hairs. Sori numerous, linear, set along the veins, indusium entire.
Notes: Confusion possible with A. aethiopicum complex. A. sebungweense has an almost triangular frond, a longer stipe and a thin and more widely creeping rhizome; sori born on the side margins not on the tips of the ultimate lobes.
Derivation of specific name: sebungweense: named after the Sebungwe region in Zimbabwe.
Habitat: Dry, deciduous woodland, in deep ravines; on earth banks in deeply shaded, seasonally moist situations along perennial or seasonal streams. Terrestrial or lithophyte.
Altitude range: (metres) 850 - 1120 m
Worldwide distribution: Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Literature:

Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Page 248. (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 Pages 96 - 97.


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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 sebungweense.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=102730, retrieved 26 September 2017

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