Asplenium megalura Hieron.

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Synonyms: Asplenium dimidiatum Sw. var. longicaudatum Hieron.
Asplenium megalura Hieron. ex Brause var. molleri (Hieron.) Tardieu
Asplenium megalura Hieron. ex Brause var. exhaustoides G. Kunkel
Asplenium molleri Hieron.
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Status: Native
Description:
Rhizome erect or shortly creeping, to 5 mm diameter; rhizome scales dark brown, narrowly lanceolate, entire, up to 6 mm long with narrow pale brown borders, apex gradually tapering to a point and ending in hair-tip. Fronds tufted, rarely shortly spaced, arching, firmly membranous, not proliferous. Stipe shiny dark brown or greyish, up to 19 cm, glabrous except at the very base. Lamina up to 43 × 13 cm, 1-pinnate, narrowly oblong in outline, lowest pinnae not reduced, apical segment resembling others, often tricuspidate. Pinnae (sub-)opposite, subsessile, trapeziform in outline, 3-lobed, up to 9 × 4 cm, up to 11 pairs, base wedge-shaped, lower margin entire, apex abruptly ending in a very long tip, the distal margin and tip irregularly toothed, glabrous on both surfaces or with some scattered tiny lobed scales to 0.5 mm, veins flabellate, costa not clear. Rachis shiny dark brown, shallowly channelled ventrally, glabrous except for a few very small scales. Sori many per pinna, along veins, linear, (3–)5–20 mm long; indusium linear, membranous, entire, 0.4–0.5 mm wide.
Notes: Differs from similar species by having pinnae with an apex that abruptly ends in a very long tip, this species is not proliferous.
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Habitat: Deeply shaded, wet evergreen forests.
Altitude range: 1370 - 1980 m
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,Z
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
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Literature:

Beentje, H.J. (2008). Aspleniaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 24 - 26. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 25.

Burrows, J.E. , Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 93.

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.

Kornas, J. (1979). Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych Page 101.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 168.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Pages 90 - 91.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Pages 180 - 181.

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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 megalura.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=213550, retrieved 25 November 2017

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