201.400 Asplenium L.

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Description of the genus

Epiphytic, lithophytic or terrestrial plants. Rhizome creeping, suberect or erect, short or long , often stoloniferous, with scales. Stipe not articulated to the rhizome; black, castaneous or greyish-green; hairless or with hairs or scales. Fronds monomorphic, widely spaced or tufted, simple to 4-pinnatifid; with or without a proliferous bud at or near the lamina apex; veins free or anastomosing at the margins. Sori linear (in ours), elongated and dorsally along a vein or shortened and near marginal; indusium narrow or rudimentary.

Derivation of name: a splen means without a spleen; it was thought that the plants could reduce an enlarged spleen.

Worldwide: c. 700 species, cosmopolitan.

Malawi: 39 taxa.

Asplenium anisophyllum

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
aethiopicum (Burm. f.) Bech.[Agg]N,C,SDescription, Image
aethiopicum (Burm. f.) Bech. subsp. aethiopicum Description
anisophyllum KunzeN,C,SDescription, Image
blastophorum Hieron.SDescription, Image
boltonii Hook. ex Brause & Hieron.N,C,SDescription, Image
buettneri Hieron.NDescription, Image
ceii Pic.Serm.N,SDescription, Image
dregeanum KunzeN,C,SDescription, Image
erectum Bory ex Willd.N,C,SDescription, Image
formosum Willd.N,C,SDescription, Image
friesiorum C. Chr.N,SDescription, Image
gemmascens AlstonN,SDescription, Image
gemmiferum Schrad.N,C,SDescription, Image
holstii Hieron.SDescription, Image
hypomelas KuhnNDescription, Image
inaequilaterale Willd.N,C,SDescription, Image
linckii KuhnN,SDescription, Image
lividum Mett. ex KuhnC,SDescription, Image
lobatum Pappe & RawsonN,C,SDescription, Image
loxoscaphoides BakerNDescription
lunulatum Sw.Description
mannii Hook.N,C,SDescription, Image
megalura Hieron.N,C,SDescription, Image
monanthes L.N,C,SDescription, Image
mossambicense SchelpeDescription, Image
normale D. DonN,SDescription, Image
obscurum BlumeN,SDescription, Image
preussii Hieron. ex BrauseN,C,SDescription, Image
protensum Schrad.N,C,SDescription, Image
pumilum Sw.C,SDescription, Image
rutifolium (P.J. Bergius) KunzeN,C,SDescription, Image
sandersonii Hook.N,C,SDescription, Image
simii A.F. Braithw. & SchelpeSDescription, Image
smedsii Pic. Serm.NDescription, Image
stuhlmannii Hieron.SDescription, Image
sulcatum Lam.N,SDescription, Image
theciferum Humb., Bonpl. & KunthN,C,SDescription, Image
uhligii Hieron.SDescription
unilaterale Lam.N,SDescription, Image

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Flora of Botswana: Asplenium
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Asplenium
Flora of Mozambique: Asplenium
Flora of Zambia: Asplenium
Flora of Zimbabwe: Asplenium
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Asplenium

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Asplenium
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Asplenium
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Asplenium
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Tropicos: Asplenium
Wikipedia: Asplenium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Asplenium.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=86, retrieved 23 April 2024

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