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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Cameroon, Ethiopia to E. Tropical Africa.


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

    Type: Tanzania, Kilimanjaro above Moshi, Uhlig 116 (B, lecto. not found, chosen by Tardieu in 1964, photo.!; K!, iso.); syntype Uhlig 194 (B!, K, syn.)
    Epiphytic, epilithic, or rarely terrestrial.
    Rhizome long-creeping, 2–3 mm diameter, with black or dark to mid-brown ovate-deltate entire attenuate rhizome scales 5–9 × 1–2 mm, ending in a hair-tip.
    Fronds spaced.
    Stipe purplish black, 4–23 cm long, slender and glabrous or with scattered scales similar to those of rhizome (very rarely with a few capitate glands).
    Leaf lamina
    Lamina narrowly ovate to lanceolate, (4–)8–30 × (2–)3–16 cm, 2-pinnatifid to 3-pinnatifid, basal pinnae longest, apical pinnae decrescent, the pinnae angled forward at 45°.
    Pinnae in 6–13 pairs, dull green, wedge-shaped-rhomboid, 1.5–8 × 0.6–3 cm, acroscopic base truncatecuneate, basiscopic base cuneate, the lower ones petiolulate, the upper ones sessile, ultimate segments narrowly obcuneate, distal margins finely toothed to crenate, the lower teeth often 2–3-fid, apex long-acuminate or acute; glabrous above, beneath with few scattered dark to mid-brown narrowly triangular and slightly lobed scales along veins.
    Rachis with sparse ovate scales.
    Sori 1–2 per pinnule segment, linear to oval, 2–7(–10 fide protolog) mm long.
    Indusium brownish, entire, 0.4–0.5 mm wide.
    Fig. 8: 9–11, p. 47.
    Giant heath zone, Senecio-Hypericum woodland and upper Podocarpus forest; (2400–)2600–4200 m
    Widespread; least concern (LC)
    Pichi Sermolli in B.J.B.B. 55: 124 (1985) did not see the type of A. kassneri but saw a photo and a fragment, and treated this taxon on the basis of several Auquier specimens in P. These have glandular hairs in varying densities – sadly the B holotype of A. kassneri was lent to the BM and is now missing. Similarly Chaerle in his unpublished thesis, page 159, treats kassneri as a full species, distinct from A. uhligii in having the lamina up to 2-pinnate or more finely dissected, not pinnate to pinnate-pinnatisect I have reduced A. kassneri to synonymy. The protologue already indicated the two taxa were close, and with the amount of material available now there are no remaining consistent differences between what is described in the protologue of A. kassneri and A. uhligii.
    Flora districts: U2 T2 T7 Range: Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo-Kinshasha, Malawi, Zimbabwe

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

    On rocks in forest; 3, 000 to 11, 000 ft. alt.



    Native to:

    Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

    Other Data

    Asplenium uhligii Hieron. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Apr 29, 1970 Alluaud [144], Kenya K000049410
    Thomas, A.S. [Th2466], Uganda K000049404
    Williams, J.G. [6405], Kenya K000049411
    Wood, G. [268], Uganda K000049408
    Greenway, P. [3184], Tanzania K000049418
    Greenway, P. [3184], Tanzania K000049419
    Cotton, A.D. [57], Tanzania K000049417
    Geilinger, W. [2338], Tanzania K000049420
    Geilinger, W. [2338], Tanzania K000049421
    Uhlig, C. [116], Tanzania K000049422 Unknown type material
    Uhlig, C. [194], Tanzania K000049423
    Pichi Sermolli, R. [5118], Tanzania K000049416
    Kenyan Exploration Society [154], Kenya K000049409
    Grimshaw, John M. [93412], Tanzania K000049414
    Grimshaw, John M. [93645], Tanzania K000049415
    Grimshaw, John M. [9440], Tanzania K000049413
    Grimshaw, John M. [94634], Tanzania K000049412
    Rose, F. [10,269], Uganda K000049406
    Rose, F. [10,266], Uganda K000049407
    Camider, E.A. [A1], Uganda K000049405


    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 46: 374 (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

    • in Engl. Bot. Jahrb. 46 : 374 (1911).

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • U.K.W.F. ed. 2: 30 (1994).
    • Johns, Pterid. trop. East Africa checklist: 68 (1991)
    • Burrows, S. Afr. Ferns: 254, map, figs. (1990)
    • Fl. Camér. 3, Ptérid.: 214, t. 27/4 (1964)
    • Alston, Ferns W.T.A.: 59 (1959)
    • A.V.P.: 30 (1957)
    • E.J. 46: 374 (1912)


    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    Flora of West Tropical Africa

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