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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical Africa to KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar.


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

    On trees in gallery forest; up to 5, 300 ft. alt.

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

    Type: Sudan, Niamniam/Monbuttu border, Schweinfurth 3295 (B!, lecto., BM!, K (not found), iso.), chosen by ?Burrows
    Terrestrial or lithophyte.
    Rhizome short-creeping, to 7 mm diameter, with dark brown subulate entire rhizome scales up to 5 mm long.
    Fronds shortly spaced, arching, narrowly deltoid, proliferous at base of terminal pinna (and sometimes on pinna costa) near the apex, thinly coriaceous.
    Stipe matt black, 12–35 cm long, set with brown subulate scales similar to rhizome scales, glabrescent.
    Leaf lamina
    Lamina ovate to deltate, 15–48 × 8–20 cm, 2-pinnate to 3-pinnatifid near the base of the lamina, the lowest pinnae longest, apical pinna similar to upper pinnae.
    Pinnae dark green above, ovate or lanceolate in outline, up to 11 × 4.5 cm, unequally cuneate at the base, attenuate, progressively deeply divided towards the base into obcuneate or rhombic pinnules with the outer margins sharply serrate and irregularly shallowly incised, free pinnules with cuneate to narrowly cuneate bases, glabrous except for small lanceolate dark scales near the extreme base.
    Rachis matt brown, with occasional dark subulate scales, sulcate ventrally.
    Sori along the veins, linear, 4–30 mm long.
    Indusium linear, narrow, membranous, entire, 0.3–0.4 mm wide.
    Fig. 7: 1–2, p. 42.
    Moist forest; 900–1600 m
    Widespread; least concern (LC)
    I agree with Faden that in habit and cutting of the fronds this species most closely resembles the non-proliferous A. buettneri, which however has more dissected pinnae. However, in Zambia there are populations without gemmae – fide Kornaś.
    Flora districts: U2 K5 T6 T7 Range: Tropical Africa from Ivory Coast to Sudan and south to South Africa



    Native to:

    Burundi, Guinea, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe

    Other Data

    Asplenium blastophorum Hieron. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Schweinfurth, G. [3295], Sudan K000423932
    Elliott, W.R. [65], Nigeria K000423931 syntype


    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 46: 378 (1911)

    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 : 192, t. 36, fig. 5 (1953).
    • in Engl. Bot. Jahrb. 46 : 378 (1911)

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • U.K.W.F. ed. 2: 29 (1994).
    • Johns, Pterid. trop. East Africa checklist: 62 (1991)
    • Burrows, S. Afr. Ferns: 251, map, figs. (1990)
    • Schelpe, F.Z. Pteridophyta: 183 (1970)
    • Alston, Ferns W.T.A.: 59 (1959)
    • E.J. 46: 378 (1911)


    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    Flora of West Tropical Africa

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