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Asplenium ceii

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Asplenium ceii

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Chirinda Forest

Asplenium ceii

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John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

Asplenium ceii

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Path to spice garden, Nyamkombe River, Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

Asplenium ceii

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Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

Asplenium ceii

Photo: Petra Ballings
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

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Synonyms: Asplenium atroviride Schelpe
Common names:
Status: Native
Rhizome erect; scales greyish-brown, lanceolate, subentire, up to 10 mm long. Fronds tufted, not proliferous. Stipe subglabrous, up to 50 cm × 0.3 cm. Lamina up to 25 cm × 17 cm, dark green, pinnate, oblong in outline, 3-6 pairs of pinnae plus a terminal pinna similar to the other pinnae. Pinnae hairless, lanceolate-oblong; margins shallowly toothed, base unequally cuneate. Rhachis subglabrous with scatered fimbriate scales when young. Sori linear, set along the veins at 50 degrees to the costa, indusium entire.
Notes: Differs from similar species by not proliferous fronds and having only 3-6 pairs pinnae.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Deep shade on forest floor away from water in moist evergreen forest. Terrestrial, epiphyte or lithophyte.
Altitude range: (metres) 350 - 1700 m
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte, terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 27 September 2011

Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Page 218. As Asplenium atroviride (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 92.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 7. As Asplenium atroviride

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. As Asplenium atroviride

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 24. As Asplenium atroviride

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 336 - 337. As Asplenium atroviride (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. As Asplenium atroviride

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 162. As Asplenium atroviride

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 81.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Pages 173 - 174. As Asplenium atroviride

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Asplenium ceii., retrieved 27 September 2022

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