Asplenium blastophorum Hieron.

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Asplenium blastophorum

Photo: Petra Ballings
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Asplenium blastophorum

Photo: Petra Ballings
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Asplenium blastophorum

Photo: Petra Ballings
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Asplenium blastophorum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Nyamkombe River, Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

Asplenium blastophorum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Chirinda forest

Asplenium blastophorum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Nyamkombe River, Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

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Status: Native
Description:
Rhizome creeping, 7 mm thick; scales dark brown, entire, awl-shaped, up to 5 mm. Fronds closely spaced-tufted, gemmiferous. Stipe up to 35 cm, stipe and rhachis set with a few brown scales. Lamina 20-48 cm × 9-20 cm, pinnate distally, 2-3 pinnatifid on the basal pair of pinnae, ovate to triangular in outline, basal pair of pinnae the longest. Pinnae lanceolate in outline, base unequal cuneate, incised towards the base into rhombic lobes with toothed outer margins. Sori linear, situated along the veins, indusium entire.
Notes: Differs from similar species by having small plantlets or gemmae towards the frond apices.
Derivation of specific name: blastophorum: bearing shoots, this fern has plantlets on the fronds
Habitat: Deep shaded floor of semi-deciduous forest, wet evergreen montane and riverine forest. Terrestrial, epiphyte or lithophyte.
Altitude range: (metres) 160 - 1450 m
Worldwide distribution: Burundi, Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Images last updated: Thursday 29 September 2011
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Page 251. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. , Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 94.

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 656 - 657. (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 358 - 359. (Includes a picture).

Kornas, J. (1979). Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych Page 96.

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 Pages 162 - 163.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 80.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 183.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Asplenium blastophorum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=102420, retrieved 8 December 2016

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