Asplenium protensum Schrad.

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Asplenium protensum

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Mt. Gorongosa, forest Canda side

Asplenium protensum

Photo: Petra Ballings

Asplenium protensum

Photo: Petra Ballings

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Synonyms: Asplenium protensum Schrad. var. pseudohorridum Hieron.
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Status: Native
Rhizome up to 5 mm diameter, erect; scales brown with pale margings, narrowly ovate-triangular, up to 2 mm long. Fronds tufted, arching, herbaceous, proliferous towards the apex. Stipe up to 18 cm; stipe and rhachis are thinly pubescent and covered with few ovate brown scales. Lamina up to 95 cm × 12 cm, narrowly lanceolate in outline, 2-pinnatifid. Pinnae incised 2/3 of the way to the midrib, acroscopic basal lobe well developed, lanceolate, thinly pubescent above and below. Sori up to 5 mm long, linear, set at about 15 degrees to the midrib, indusium entire.
Notes: Differs from similar species by having proliferous fronds.
Derivation of specific name: protensum: extended, referring to the long, narrow fronds.
Habitat: Mostly on mossy boulders along deeply shaded streambanks in evergreen forest. Lithophyte.
Altitude range: 1000 - 2000 m
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Bioko, Burundi, Cameroon, DRC, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Soa Tomé, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Madagascan region
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Content last updated: Saturday 12 November 2011

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Asplenium protensum., retrieved 16 July 2018

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