Asplenium mossambicense Schelpe

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Asplenium mossambicense

Photo: Petra Ballings

Asplenium mossambicense

Photo: Petra Ballings
By the Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

Asplenium mossambicense

Photo: Petra Ballings
By the Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

Asplenium mossambicense

Photo: Petra Ballings
By the Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

Asplenium mossambicense

Photo: Petra Ballings

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Status: Native
Rhizome erect, c.5 mm diameter; scales dark brown, lanceolate, entire, up to 4 mm long. Fronds tufted, proliferous at the base of the terminal pinea, fertile fronds 1/3 longer than sterile fronds. Stipe up to 23 cm (42.5 cm), stipe and rhachis with a few dark brown scales. Lamina 15 cm × 9 cm (sterile), 25 cm × 12 cm (fertile), pinnate. Pinnae glabrous with a few minute scales along the costa, up to 8 pairs, oblong-elliptic, margin crenate, base asymmetrical. Sori linear, set at 45° to the costa; indusium entire, membranous.
Notes: Rare fern, endemic to the sub region. Confused with A. christii; A. mossambicense has weakly dimorphic fronds and pinnae that are less widely spaced distally.
Derivation of specific name: mossambicense: of Mozambique; type specimen was found on Mount Gorongosa in Mozambique.
Habitat: Deeply shaded moist evergreen forest. Terrestrial or lithophyte.
Altitude range: 900 - 1250 m
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Lithophyte.
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Content last updated: Sunday 6 November 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 mossambicense., retrieved 30 November 2023

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