Asplenium lunulatum Sw.

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Synonyms: Asplenium erectum Bory ex Willd. var. lunulatum (Sw.) Sim.
Asplenium erectum Bory ex Willd. var. minor Sim
Asplenium falcatum Thunb.
Asplenium lunulatum Sw. var. minor (Sim) Sim
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Status: Native
Description:
Rhizome erect to procumbent; scales up to 5 mm long, dark brown, lanceolate, margin entire. Fronds proliferous, tufted, erect to arching. Stipe up to 8 cm, matt brown, glabrous. Lamina 15-35 cm × 2-3.5 cm, pinnate, linear-lanceolate in outline. Pinnae hairless, oblong-rombic to falcate, base asymmetric, apex bluntly acute to obtuse, margins crenate. Sori 5-12 per pinnae, linear-lunate, 2-3 mm long, indusium entire.  
Notes: Differs from similar species by having gemmae on the frond tips and 5-12 sori per pinnae.
Derivation of specific name: lunulatum: crescent-shaped, referring to the sori of this fern.
Habitat: Deeply shaded areas in evergreen riverine forest. Terrestrial or lithophyte.
Altitude range: (metres) 250 - 1900 m
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: S
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Literature:

Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 224 - 226. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 25.

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 608 - 609. (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 344 - 345. (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 167.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 90.


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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 lunulatum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=102600, retrieved 19 November 2017

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