Pteridophyta

Aspleniaceae - Spleenwort family

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

Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta FZ

Description of the family

Epiphytic, lithophytic or terrestrial plants. Rhizome creeping, suberect or erect, short or long, often stoloniferous. Stipe not articulated to the rhizome. Fronds monomorphic, widely spaced or tufted. Lamina simple or variously pinnately dissected, with or without a proliferous bud at or near the lamina apex; veins free or anastomosing at the margins. Sori linear (in ours), elongated and dorsally along a vein or shortened and near marginal; indusium narrow or obsolete.

Worldwide: 1-10 genera and c.720 species, cosmopolitan.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 47 taxa.

Asplenium sulcatum

More sample images from the Aspleniaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)

Asplenium aethiopicum

Asplenium aethiopicum

Asplenium christii

Asplenium christii

Asplenium linckii

Asplenium linckii

Asplenium protensum

Asplenium protensum

Asplenium phillipsianum

Asplenium phillipsianum

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

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Asplenium L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Aspleniaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Aspleniaceae
Flora of Zambia: Aspleniaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Aspleniaceae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Aspleniaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=25, retrieved 31 October 2014

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