Asplenium dregeanum Kunze

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Asplenium dregeanum

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Asplenium dregeanum

Photo: Petra Ballings

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Synonyms: Asplenium brachypteron Kunze
Asplenium dregeanum Kunze var. brachypterum (Kunze ex Houlston & T.Moore) Bonap.
Asplenium dregeanum Kunze var. gracile Bonap.
Asplenium gracile Peter
Asplenium gueinzianum Mett. ex Kuhn
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Status: Native
Rhizome erect, c. 3 mm thick; scales brown, 1-5 mm long, margins entire. Fronds tufted, proliferous near the apex, the apical segment above the proliferating bud has less than 5 lobes. Stipe up to 17 cm, greyish-brown, sometimes narrowly winged, subglabrous. Lamina 16-39 cm × 3.5-6 cm, 2-pinnate to 3-pinnatifid, narrowly lanceolate to oblong in outline. Pinnae up to 35 × 11 mm, acroscopically developed, glabrous to subglabrous, lobes narrowly oblong-obtuse. Pinnae with 1-3 basiscopic pinnae lobes; the first arising between the 2nd-4th acroscopic lobes. Sori up to 2 mm, elliptic, one centrally located per lobe, indusium entire.  
Notes: Confused with similar species; A. dregeanum has finer divided fronds with the the first basal lobe arising between the 2nd and 4th acroscopic lobes.
Derivation of specific name: dregeanum: named after J.F. Drège (1794-1881), a German horticulturist and plant collector in southern Africa.
Habitat: In areas with deep shade and abundant moisture in evergreen forests. Epiphyte or lithophyte.
Altitude range: (metres) 100 - 2300 m
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Bioko, Burundi, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, DRC, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Soa Tomé, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Madagascan region
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
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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 dregeanum., retrieved 22 May 2024

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