Asplenium holstii Hieron.

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Asplenium holstii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ridge above Cavalo, Sanjunjira, Mt. Gorongosa.

Asplenium holstii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ridge above Cavalo, Sanjunjira, Mt. Gorongosa.

Asplenium holstii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

Asplenium holstii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

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Synonyms: Asplenium africanum Desv. var. holstii (Hieron.) Tardieu
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Status: Native
Rhizome erect, up to 60 mm thick; scales up to 10 mm long, brown, ovate, sparsely fringed. Fronds tufted, erect. Stipe up to 90 mm long, glabrous with age. Lamina simple, up to 1 m long and 7 cm wide, elliptic to lanceolate-linear in outline, margins entire, apex attenuate, hairless. Sori linear, up to c. 3 cm long, set at 45 degrees to the midrib, indusium entire.
Notes: Simple fronds
Derivation of specific name: holstii: named after C.H.E.W. Holst, German horticulturist.
Habitat: Deeply shaded areas near streams in evergreen riverine forest. Epiphyte or lithophyte.
Altitude range: 400 - 1000 m
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
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Content last updated: Saturday 25 August 2012

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Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 71.

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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 holstii., retrieved 8 December 2023

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