Asplenium pumilum Sw.

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Asplenium pumilum

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Asplenium pumilum

Photo: Petra Ballings

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Synonyms: Asplenium eylesii Sim
Asplenium pumilum Sw. subsp. hymenophylloides (Fée) Schelpe
Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Rhizome up to 5 mm thick, erect; scales black with pale pseudoserrated margins, awl-shaped, up to 4 mm long, with long hair tip. Fronds tufted, not proliferous, erect, softly herbaceous. Stipe up to 7 cm; stipe and rhachis are thinly covered with fine pale hair-like scales. Lamina 3.5-10 cm × 2-6 cm, ovate in outline, 2-pinnatifid to 3-pinnatifid. Pinnae lobes ovate, margins irregularly toothed, thinly pubescent on both surfaces mainly along the veins. Sori up to 4 mm long, linear, indusium entire.
Notes: Not likely to be confused with other species.
Derivation of specific name: pumilum: dwarf, short;
hymenophylloides: like Hymenophyllum, a genus of ferns with thin fronds.
Habitat: Shaded and seasonally moist situations in deciduous riverine forest and deciduous miombo woodland. Terrestrial or lithophyte.
Altitude range: (metres) 870 - 1240 m
Worldwide distribution: Burundi, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, north-western India, neotropics
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Page 255. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 93.

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

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 352 - 353. (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 Pages 169 - 170.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 95.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 178.

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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 pumilum., retrieved 5 December 2023

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