Asplenium boltonii Hook. ex Brause & Hieron.

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Asplenium boltonii

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Asplenium boltonii

Photo: Petra Ballings

Asplenium boltonii

Photo: Petra Ballings

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Synonyms: Asplenium anisophyllum var. elongatum Mett.
Asplenium anisophyllum Sensu Sim.
Asplenium anisophyllum Kunze var. latifolium Hook.
Common names:
Rhizome erect, 20 mm thick; scales brown with pale margins, lanceolate, up to 18 mm long. Fronds uniform, tufted, gemmiferous towards the base of the apical pinna. Stipe up to 14 × 0.4 cm, stipe and rhachis subglabrous. Lamina up to 80 × 17 cm, pinnate with 13 to 28 pairs of pinnae, lanceolate in outline. Pinnae lanceolate, base asymmetrical, margins irregurly incised into bilobed teeth. Sori oval, set along the veins at 30 degrees to the costa, indusium entire.
Derivation of specific name: boltonii: type specimen was collected by General D. Bolton in Natal.
Altitude range:
Worldwide distribution: Bioko, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Eswatini, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Madagascar region
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte, terrestrial.
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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: Species information: Asplenium boltonii., retrieved 1 March 2024

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