Asplenium christii Hieron.

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Asplenium christii

Photo: Petra Ballings

Asplenium christii

Photo: Petra Ballings
Chirinda forest

Asplenium christii

Photo: Petra Ballings
By the Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

Asplenium christii

Photo: Petra Ballings
By the Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

Asplenium christii

Photo: Petra Ballings
By the Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms: Asplenium amaurophyllum Peter
Common names:
Status: Native
Rhizome erect, c. 4 mm thick; scales brown, entire, lanceolate, up to 2 mm long. Fronds strongly dimorphic, fertile fronds twice as long as sterile fronds, tufted. Sterile lamina not-gemmiferous, 15 × 8 cm, pinnate, lanceolate-ovate in outline. Fertile lamina gemmiferous on the rhachis below the terminal segment, 25 × 8.5 cm, pinnate and lanceolate in outline. Stipe up to 12 cm (sterile frond)-20 cm (fertile frond), subglabrous. Pinnae smaller and more widely spaced towards the apex, oblong to narrowly triangular, base unequal, margins crenate to serrate, hairless on both surfaces. Sori linear, set at 45 degrees to the costa, indusium present.
Notes: Confused with A. mossambicense; A. christii has more strongly dimorphic fronds and pinnae that are smaller and more widely spaced distally.
Derivation of specific name: christii: named after K.H.H. Christ, a German plant geographer & taxonomist.
Habitat: Deeply shaded forest floor in low-altitude, evergreen forest, terrestrial.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 1600 m
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Asplenium christii., retrieved 24 February 2024

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