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  1. Family: Aspleniaceae Newman
    1. Genus: Asplenium L.
      1. Asplenium stuhlmannii Hieron.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Tropical Africa to Sudan and Tanzania, Madagascar.


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

    On rocks.

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

    Lectotype: Country unclear, Kanesse, Stuhlmann 936 (B!, lecto., chosen here)
    Epiphyte or lithophyte.
    Rhizome scales 2.5–8 × 0.3–0.5 mm, attenuate at apex, margin paler and entire or with outgrowths. Rhizome short-creeping or erect, to 5 mm diameter, with dark brown narrowly triangular
    Fronds closely spaced or tufted, to 40 cm long, erect, not proliferous.
    Stipe dark brown, 6–28 cm long, at first densely set with scales similar to those of the rhizome, later becoming subglabrous except near the base.
    Leaf lamina
    Lamina narrowly oblong, 6–38 × 1.6–5(–8.8) cm, 1-pinnate to 2pinnatifid or 2-pinnatisect (rarely 3-pinnatifid), the lower pinnae slightly reduced, with a terminal pinna similar to lateral ones.
    Pinna in 8–15 pairs, opposite in midfrond, narrowly ovate-triangular to ovate in outline, up to 3(–4.5) × 1.6(–2.5) cm, subsessile, palmately to pinnately divided into 3–5 serrate lobes to 1 cm long, the central lobe prominent and serrate (rarely to 3.7 × 1.2 cm, and deeply pinnatisect), with a few minute scales or glabrous.
    Rachis dark brown at first densely set with shining scales similar to those on the stipe, glabrescent.
    Sori many, may cover lower pinna surface, linear, (1–)3–10 mm long.
    Indusium linear, membranous, 0.4–0.5 mm wide, entire to slightly erose. Fig. 5: 12–13, p. 30.
    Moist forest, miombo woodland, sometimes (often?) on rock outcrops and in rock crevices; 1200–1700 m but type presumably from much lower altitude
    Widespread; least concern (LC)
    When one compares the types and protologues of A. stuhlmannii and A. ramlowii hardly any differences are apparent. The size range of rhizome scales in ramlowii is slightly greater, and pinnae number is slightly smaller in ramlowii. The type of A. ramlowii is a minimalist bunch of scraps, but probably really the same as the rest of the taxon so named. Var. laciniatum looks quite different, much more incised, but Uhlig 106 has a single frond divided in the same way as the type of laciniatum, while the other fronds are as in the typical variety. The dimensions are indicated in brackets in the above description. Information received after the text was completed: Dr A Braithwaite informs me re Braithwaite 316, that there is a clear cytological difference between this material and A. stuhlmannii. It has the same chromosome number as material of A. simii Dr Braithwaite collected from Knysna, South Africa. i. e. n = 144, while A. stuhlmannii is tetraploid with n = 72. A. simii is recorded as ‘excluded species’ (page 69) but this will obviously have to be revisited during follow-up treatments! The pinnae look quite like uppermost few pinnae of A. albersii (now in A. aethiopicum). The Kenyan Kassner specimen and T 1, Moru Kopjes, Apr. 1961, Greenway & Miles Turner 10033! are the only ones that have the pinnae divided into discrete pinnules, which in turn are lobed. Another Kenyan specimen, K 3, Uasin Gishu District: Kipkarren, Aug. 1931, Brodhurst-Hill 49! is sterile, but looks very much like this species.
    Range: Burundi, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe Flora districts: U2 K 3?, K4 K7 T1 T3 T7



    Native to:

    Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda

    Other Data

    Asplenium stuhlmannii Hieron. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Schweinfurth [3915], Sudan K000423906 syntype
    Timberlake, J. [5007], Mozambique K000613386


    First published in : 83 (1895)

    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 West Tropical Africa

    • Tard. in Mém. I.F.A.N. 28: 190, t. 36, fig. 3 (1953).
    • in Engl.Pflanzenw. Ost–Afr. C: 83 (1895)

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • U.K.W.F. ed. 2: 30, t. 173 (1994).
    • Johns, Pterid. trop. East Africa checklist: 67 (1991)
    • B.J.B.B. 55: 152 (1985)
    • Alston, Ferns W.T.A.: 59 (1959)
    • P.O.A. C: 83 (1895)


    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    Flora of West Tropical Africa

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