Asplenium gemmascens Alston

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Asplenium gemmascens

Photo: Petra Ballings
Mt. Gorongosa, forest Canda side

Asplenium gemmascens

Photo: Petra Ballings
Mt. Gorongosa, forest Canda side

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Synonyms: Asplenium torrei Schelpe
Common names:
Status: Native
Rhizome ascending to long creeping, up to 4 (7) mm thick; scales c. 3.5 mm long, dark brown to black, linear-lanceolate in outline, apex with a long drawn-out point, margins entire. Fronds tufted, suberect, thinly coriaceous, proliferous, gemma born towards the apex of the lamina at the base of the apical segment. Stipe up to 30 cm, stipe and rhachis matt-black, subglabrous with minute scales. Lamina up to 35 × 10.5 cm, imparipinnate with terminal segment resembling the subapical pinna. Pinnae up to 6.2 × 2 cm, elongate trapeziform in outline, glabrous on both sides, margins with sharply pointed teeth, base unequally wedge-shaped, apex sharply pointed. Sori linear, up to 1.5 mm long, set at an acute angle towards a fairly prominent costa, indusium entire, membranous.
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Habitat: On moist, deeply shaded rocks or as a terrestrial in evergreen forests.
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Worldwide distribution:
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, terrestrial.
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Beentje, H.J. (2008). Aspleniaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 15. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 93.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 9.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 25. As Asplenium torrei

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Page 358. As Asplenium torrei Schelpe (Includes a picture).

Roux, J.P. (2000). Pteridophyta; a new combination and new records for the flora of Malawi Bothalia 30(2) Pages 155 - 156. (Includes a picture).

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 166. (Includes a picture).

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 86.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 180. As Asplenium torrei Schelpe

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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 gemmascens., retrieved 22 July 2024

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