Asplenium sandersonii Hook.

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Asplenium sandersonii

Photo: Petra Ballings
Mt. Gorongosa, forest Canda side

Asplenium sandersonii

Photo: Petra Ballings
Mt. Gorongosa, forest Canda side

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Synonyms: Asplenium comorense C.Chr.
Asplenium debile Mett. ex Kuhn
Asplenium melleri Mett. ex Kuhn
Asplenium punctatum Mett. ex Kuhn
Asplenium vagans Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Rhizome erect, c. 3 mm diameter; scales brown, margin entire, c. 4 mm long, lanceolate. Fronds tufted, arching, uniform, proliferous, fleshy. Stipe up to 4 cm, subglabrous. Lamina pinnate, 10-30 cm × 1.5-2.5 cm, linear to lanceolate in outline. Pinnae distaly slowly decreasing in size and ending in a naked extension of the rhachis that bears a proliferating bud. Pinnae falcate, basal margin entire, distal and acroscopic margins with broadly rounded lobes, base unequal; upper surface glabrous, undersurface with a few substellate scales. Sori up to 6 per pinna oval, covering most of the pinnae, indusium present.
Notes: Differs from similar species by the naked extension of the rhachis that bears a proliferating bud, pinnae with very rounded acroscopic margins.
Derivation of specific name: sandersonii: named after J. Sanderson (1820-1881), an amateur plant collector in Natal.
Habitat: Shaded areas in wet, evergreen forest. Epiphyte or lithophyte.
Altitude range: 50 - 2000 m
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Annobon, Bioko, Burundi, Cameroon, DRC, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Soa Tomé, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Madagascan region
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 17 November 2013

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Asplenium sandersonii., retrieved 21 July 2024

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