Asplenium pellucidum Lam.
subsp. pseudohorridum (Hieron.) Schelpe

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Asplenium pellucidum subsp. pseudohorridum

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Asplenium pellucidum subsp. pseudohorridum

Photo: Petra Ballings

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Synonyms: Asplenium protensum Schrad. var. pseudohorridum Hieron.
Asplenium pseudohorridum (Hieron.) Hieron.
Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Rhizome erect to suberect, up to 7 mm diameter; scales brown, subentire, up to 12 mm long. Fronds tufted, not proliferous. Stipe up to 8 cm, stipe and rhachis densely covered with hair-like scales up to 5 mm long. Lamina up to 1m long and 25cm wide, deeply 2-pinnatifid, lanceolate in outline. Pinnae subglabrous, lanceolate with tapering points, shallowly incised into crenate lobes. Sori linear, lying almost parallel to the costa; indusium linear, entire.
Notes: Similar to A. protensum but A. pellucidum is not proliferous. Differs from A. friesiorum by having an erect to suberect rhizome. The rhachis and stipe of A. pellucidum are also densely set with dark scales.
Derivation of specific name: pellucidum: through which light passes, transparent; reference unclear.
pseudohorridum: rough, bristle; alluding to the scaly stipe and rhachis.
Habitat: Deeply shaded low altitude forest. Terrestrial or lithophyte.
Altitude range: (metres) 350 - 700 m
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 230 - 232. (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 355 - 356. (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 168.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 93.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 179.


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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 pellucidum subsp. pseudohorridum., retrieved 22 October 2016

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