Pteridophyta: Polypodiales

Aspleniaceae - Spleenwort family

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011) Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature

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

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 Botswana: Aspleniaceae
Flora of Malawi: Aspleniaceae
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, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Aspleniaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=25, retrieved 1 March 2015

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