Asplenium christii Hieron.

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Asplenium christii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forested slopes below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Asplenium christii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forested slopes below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Asplenium amaurophyllum Peter
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Status: Native
Description:
Rhizome erect, c. 4 mm thick; scales brown, entire, lanceolate, up to 2 mm long. Fronds strongly dimorphic, fertile fronds twice as long as sterile fronds, tufted. Sterile lamina not-gemmiferous, 15 × 8 cm, pinnate, lanceolate-ovate in outline. Fertile lamina gemmiferous on the rhachis below the terminal segment, 25 × 8.5 cm, pinnate and lanceolate in outline. Stipe up to 12 cm (sterile frond)-20 cm (fertile frond), subglabrous. Pinnae smaller and more widely spaced towards the apex, oblong to narrowly triangular, base unequal, margins crenate to serrate, hairless on both surfaces. Sori linear, set at 45 degrees to the costa, indusium present.
Notes: Confused with A. mossambicense; A. christii has more strongly dimorphic fronds and pinnae that are smaller and more widely spaced distally.
Derivation of specific name: christii: named after K.H.H. Christ, a German plant geographer & taxonomist.
Habitat: Deeply shaded forest floor in low-altitude, evergreen forest, terrestrial.
Altitude range: 500 - 1600 m
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South africa
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Content last updated: Wednesday 27 June 2012
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 220 - 221. (Includes a picture).

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 596 - 597. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 9.

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 332 - 333. (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 Page 163. (Includes a picture).

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 82.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 172.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Asplenium christii.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=102450, retrieved 12 December 2017

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