Asplenium blastophorum Hieron.

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Asplenium blastophorum

Photo: Petra Ballings

Asplenium blastophorum

Photo: Petra Ballings

Asplenium blastophorum

Photo: Petra Ballings

Asplenium blastophorum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Nyamkombe River, Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

Asplenium blastophorum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Chirinda forest

Asplenium blastophorum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Nyamkombe River, Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

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Common names:
Status: Native
Rhizome creeping, 7 mm thick; scales dark brown, entire, awl-shaped, up to 5 mm. Fronds closely spaced-tufted, gemmiferous. Stipe up to 35 cm, stipe and rhachis set with a few brown scales. Lamina 20-48 cm × 9-20 cm, pinnate distally, 2-3 pinnatifid on the basal pair of pinnae, ovate to triangular in outline, basal pair of pinnae the longest. Pinnae lanceolate in outline, base unequal cuneate, incised towards the base into rhombic lobes with toothed outer margins. Sori linear, situated along the veins, indusium entire.
Notes: Differs from similar species by having small plantlets or gemmae towards the frond apices.
Derivation of specific name: blastophorum: bearing shoots, this fern has plantlets on the fronds
Habitat: Deep shaded floor of semi-deciduous forest, wet evergreen montane and riverine forest. Terrestrial, epiphyte or lithophyte.
Altitude range: (metres) 160 - 1450 m
Worldwide distribution: Burundi, Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Images last updated: Thursday 29 September 2011

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Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 78. as Asplenium cf. blastophorum

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Asplenium blastophorum
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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 blastophorum., retrieved 13 April 2024

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