Asplenium gemmiferum Schrad.

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Asplenium gemmiferum

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Mt. Gorongosa, forest Canda side

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Synonyms: Asplenium macrolobium Peter
Common names:
Status: Native
Rhizome erect, up to 30 mm thick; scales up to 9 mm long,dark brown, lanceolate, fimbriate. Fronds tufted, arching, proliferous, gemma born towards the apex of the lamina at the base of the apical segment. Stipe up to 30 cm, stipe and rhachis grey-green, subglabrous. Lamina up to 1m long and up to 25 cm wide, pinnate, lanceolate in outline. Pinnae 6-12 pairs, lanceolate, subglabrous below, margins regularly crenate, base unequally wedge-shaped. Sori linear, up to 18 mm long, set at 45 degrees to the midrib, indusium entire.
Notes: Differs from similar species by having gemmiferous fronds and subentire or crenate margins.
Derivation of specific name: gemmiferum: bearing gemma, the fern has plantlets (buds) below the apex of the fronds.
Habitat: Deeply shaded stream banks in evergreen forest. Terrestrial or lithophyte.
Altitude range: 20 - 1700 m
Worldwide distribution: Bioko, Cameroon, DRC, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, also West africa and Madagascan region.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Content last updated: Monday 17 October 2011

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Asplenium gemmiferum., retrieved 2 April 2023

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