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  1. Family: Aspleniaceae Newman
    1. Genus: Asplenium L.
      1. Asplenium anisophyllum Kunze

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa.


    Aspleniaceae, Henk Beentje. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2008

    Type: South Africa, between Umzimvubu [Omsamwubo] and Umsikaba (Omsamcaba] Rs., Drège s.n. (LZ†, holo.; B!, lecto., B!, BM! (fragm.), K! (fragm.) , iso.) lectotype chosen by Roux, 1986
    Epiphyte or less often terrestrial.
    Rhizome to 2 cm diameter, erect, with pale brown to brown concolorous lanceolate scales 6–12 × 1.5–3.5 mm, acute to acuminate, margin with thin lobes (‘fimbriate’).
    Fronds tufted, erect or arching, not proliferous.
    Stipe matt-purplish-brown, 13–48 cm long, to 4 mm diameter, glabrous except for a few scales at the base similar to those on the rhizome.
    Leaf lamina
    Lamina ovate to ovate-elliptic, 20–88 × 8–32 cm, 1-pinnate, with the basal pairs of pinnae somewhat reduced, terminal pinna large and similar to laterals, 5–12 × 1.6–2.5 cm.
    Pinnae in 7–20 pairs, narrowly lanceolate and a bit falcate, the largest 5–16 × 1.5–3 cm, apex acuminate or acute, base truncate and parallel to rachis on the acroscopic side, oblique on the basiscopic side, margin regularly crenate with a vein ending in each crenation, glabrous above but with a few scattered minute branched linear scales on the costae and veins below.
    Rachis glabrous. Rachis glabrous or with few very narrow scales to 1 mm.
    Sori many per pinna, at 45° to costa, extending from near the costa to 1/2 way to the margin, 2.5–6 mm long.
    Indusium membranous, to 1.2 mm wide, entire.
    Fig. 6: 3–4, p. 37.
    Epiphyte (low to high) or terrestrial in moist forest; 1000–1600 m
    Widespread; least concern (LC)
    A. anisophyllum Kunze var. aequilateralis Hieron. = A. elliottii. Very similar to A. elliottii except for the terminal pinna in A. elliottii being proliferous. A. boltonii and A. gemmiferum are also close; but are both proliferous; and A. ceii has fewer pinnae which are much darker and glossy.
    Flora districts: U2 U4 K7 T3 T7 Range: Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Madagascar

    Aspleniaceae, A. H. G. Alston. Flora of West Tropical Africa. Ferns and Fern-Allies Supplement. 1959

    On trees in forest; up to 7, 500 ft. alt.



    Native to:

    Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre, Zimbabwe


    Other Data

    Asplenium anisophyllum Kunze appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Nov 1, 2003 Zapfack, L. [2011], Cameroon K000746293
    Nov 1, 2003 Kongor Raphael [41], Cameroon K000746297
    Jan 1, 1998 Watts, J. [460], Cameroon K000085063
    Sanderson [s.n.], KwaZulu-Natal K000229226 lectotype
    Welwitsch [97], Angola K000423998
    Harris, T. [78], Mozambique K000545070
    Harris, T. [96], Mozambique K000545084


    First published in Linnaea 10: 511 (1836)

    Accepted by

    • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). World Ferns: Checklist of Ferns and Lycophytes of the World Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.


    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Johns, Pterid. trop. East Africa checklist: 61 (1991).
    • Burrows, S. Afr. Ferns: 214, map, figs. (1990)
    • Schelpe, F.Z. Pteridophyta: 170 (1970)
    • Linnaea 10: 511 (1836)


    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    Flora of West Tropical Africa

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