Asplenium smedsii Pic. Serm.

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Frequency: Occasional to locally frequent
Status: Native
Rhizome short, erect, rhizome scales chestnut-brown, triangular in outline, apex long-attenuate, margin entire or fimbriate-lobed, ending in hair-tip, up to 11 × 4 mm. Fronds tufted, thin, erect, olive-green, not proliferous. Stipe matt brown, sometimes green beneath, 8–30 cm long, with dense scales near base, otherwise with scattered narrowly triangular scales to 10 × 3 mm. Lamina elliptic to oblong-elliptic in outline, 18–47 × 7–15(–24) cm, 1-pinnate; lower pinnae slightly smaller, apical pinnae gradually decrescent. Pinnae in 14–24 pairs, equidistant, stalked, triangular or lanceolate-triangular in outline, (2–)4–8(–12) × (0.7–)1.2–1.6 cm, base unequal, the acroscopic base broadly cuneate, the basiscopic base narrowly cuneate-excised, margin deeply serrate with often bifid teeth, apex long-attenuate, glabrous above, sparsely scaly beneath. Rhachis brown, with two narrow green lines, with sparse scales. Sori many per pinna, at a 45° angle to the costa, elliptic, 2.5–6 mm long; indusium membranous, entire.
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Habitat: Moist evergreen forest, deep shade.
Altitude range: 2125 - 2225 m
Worldwide distribution: Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda.
Malawi distribution: N
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
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Beentje, H.J. (2008). Aspleniaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 32 - 33. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 91.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 27.

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 26.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 171.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 97.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Asplenium smedsii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Asplenium smedsii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Asplenium smedsii
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Asplenium smedsii
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Asplenium smedsii
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JSTOR Plant Science: Asplenium smedsii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Asplenium smedsii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Asplenium smedsii
Plants of the World Online: Asplenium smedsii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Asplenium smedsii
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Wikipedia: Asplenium smedsii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Asplenium smedsii., retrieved 15 July 2020

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