Asplenium flexuosum Schrad.

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Synonyms: Asplenium discolor Pappe & Rawson
Asplenium gemmiferum Schrad. var. flexuosum (Schrad.) Sim
Asplenium gemmiferum Schrad. var. laciniatum Mett.
Asplenium lucidum Schltdl.
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Status: Native
Rhizome erect, c. 30 mm thick; scales dark brown, lanceolate, up to 8 mm long. Fronds with proliferating bud at the base of the apical segment, tufted, arching. Stipe up to 35 cm long, subglabrous with scattered hair-like scales, green when fresh strawcoloured when dry. Lamina 62 cm × 24 cm, narrowly elliptic to lanceolate in outline, 2-pinnate to 2-pinnatifid. Pinnae narrowly oblong-lanceolate, incised into spathulate to oblanceolate 2- to 6-fid lobes, more incised towards the pinnae base with the basal lobes completely free, glabrous and glossy green above, with some hair-like scales and pale green below. Sori linear, 5-10 mm long; indusium present.
Notes: Differs from similar species by more divided pinna lobes, larger size and proliferous fronds.
Derivation of specific name: flexuosum: zigzag, much bent; referring to the jagged apearance of the pinnae margins.
Habitat: Shaded forest floor in moist coastal or escarpment evergreen forest. Terrestrial or lithophyte.
Altitude range: (metres) 50 - 1400 m
Worldwide distribution: South Africa, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 233 - 234. (Includes a picture).

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 624 - 625. (Includes a picture).

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Page 336. (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 164.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 85.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Asplenium flexuosum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Asplenium flexuosum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Asplenium flexuosum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Asplenium flexuosum
Plants of the World Online: Asplenium flexuosum
Tropicos: Asplenium flexuosum
Wikipedia: Asplenium flexuosum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Asplenium flexuosum., retrieved 30 November 2023

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