Asplenium mannii Hook.

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Asplenium mannii

Photo: Petra Ballings
Along main road between Lake Kaulime turn-off and Kaperepeze road, Nyika National Park

Asplenium mannii

Photo: Petra Ballings
Along main road between Lake Kaulime turn-off and Kaperepeze road, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Loxoscaphe mannii sensu Kuhn
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Status: Native
Rhizome shortly erect, up to 3 mm thick; scales dark brown, triangular, subentire, acute. Fronds uniform, tufted, gemmae born at the tip of a long bare stolon-like rhachis.  Stipe up to 5.5 cm long, hairless. Lamina up to 6 × 2 cm, pinnate to 2-pinnate at the base, lanceolate in outline. Pinnae hairless, narrowly spathulate, entire. Rhachis hairless, narrowly winged in upper half of the frond. Sori solitary, oval, situated at the end of each pinna lobe, surrounded by the lamina of the lobe and not marginal, indusium subentire.
Notes: Very recognizable by its small size and stoloniferous habit.
Derivation of specific name: mannii: after Gustav Mann (1836-1916), British colonial representative in the Gulf of Guinea, who collected plants in that area.
Habitat: Deep shade in evergreen forest. Epiphyte or lithophyte.
Altitude range: 120 - 2300 m
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Bioko, Burundi, Cameroon, DRC, Equatorial guinea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda,Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
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Content last updated: Wednesday 19 July 2023

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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 mannii., retrieved 23 June 2024

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