Asplenium mannii Hook.

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Asplenium mannii

Photo: Petra Ballings
Bunga forest, Vumba

Asplenium mannii

Photo: Petra Ballings

Asplenium mannii

Photo: Petra Ballings

Asplenium mannii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunga Forest, Vumba

Asplenium mannii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunga Forest, Vumba

Asplenium mannii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castle Beacon Forest, Vumba

Asplenium mannii

Photo: Petra Ballings
John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

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Synonyms: Loxoscaphe mannii sensu Kuhn
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Status: Native
Rhizome shortly erect, up to 3 mm thick; scales dark brown, triangular, subentire, acute. Fronds uniform, tufted, gemmae born at the tip of a long bare stolon-like rhachis.  Stipe up to 5.5 cm long, hairless. Lamina up to 6 × 2 cm, pinnate to 2-pinnate at the base, lanceolate in outline. Pinnae hairless, narrowly spathulate, entire. Rhachis hairless, narrowly winged in upper half of the frond. Sori solitary, oval, situated at the end of each pinna lobe, surrounded by the lamina of the lobe and not marginal, indusium subentire.
Notes: Very recognizable by its small size and stoloniferous habit.
Derivation of specific name: mannii: named after Gustav Mann, a German botanist & plant collector.
Habitat: Deep shade in evergreen forest. Epiphyte or lithophyte.
Altitude range: (metres) 1130 - 2100 m
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Bioko, Burundi, Cameroon, DRC, Equatorial guinea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda,Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
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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.

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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 mannii., retrieved 1 June 2016

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