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  1. Family: Aspleniaceae Newman
    1. Genus: Asplenium L.
      1. Asplenium christii Hieron.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to KwaZulu-Natal.


    Aspleniaceae, Henk Beentje. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2008

    Type: Tanzania, Lushoto District: Usambara Mts, Silai, Holst 2304 (B!, holo.; K!, iso.)
    Terrestrial or less often low epiphyte or lithophyte.
    Rhizome ± 4 mm diameter, erect or ascending, with concolorous brown narrowly triangular entire scales up to 3 × 0.5 mm at the base.
    Fronds tufted, dimorphic or uniform, fertile fronds proliferous, 1.5–2 times as long as the sterile non-proliferous fronds.
    Stipe matt-greygreen, 5–12 (sterile) or 6–26 cm (fertile) long, 1–1.5 mm diameter, at first with sparse lanceolate-acuminate scales ± 1 mm long, similar to those on the rhizome, later becoming subglabrous.
    Leaf lamina
    Lamina thinly coriaceous, 1-pinnate; sterile lamina broadly lanceolate to ovate, 6–15 × 3–8 cm, pinnae closely spaced and not proliferous. Fertile lamina narrowly lanceolate to lanceolate, 13–27 × 5–8.5 cm, widely spaced and proliferous below the terminal pinna or occasionally on the pinna midrib.
    Leaf veins
    Veins forked; lower pinnae similar to others.
    Pinnae decreasing in size towards the apex of the frond, terminal pinna similar to other pinnae, bearing a bud at its base in fertile fronds. Pinnae in 5–12 pairs, alternate, subsessile, asymmetrically ovate to lanceolate and often slightly falcate, 2–6 × 1–2.3 cm, base unequally cuneate, the lower pinnae often with a pronounced lobe on the acroscopic side, margin serrate to sharply crenate, apex acute to attenuate, glabrous except for a few small brown scales along the costa below.
    Rachis similar to stipe.
    Sori several to many, along the veins from near the costa to halfway to the margin, linear, 3–8 mm long, indusium entire, 0.4–0.8 mm wide, membranous.
    Fig. 3: 10–11, p. 19.
    Moist forest, where it may be common; (300–)900–2000(–2300) m
    Widespread; least concern (LC)
    This species rather resembles small plants of A. elliottii. The similar A. mossambicense Schelpe is only known from two sites in Zimbabwe and Mt Gorongosa in Mozambique.
    Range: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa Flora districts: U2 U3 U4 K3 K5 K7 T3 T6 T7


    Native to:

    Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe

    Extinct in:



    Other Data

    Asplenium christii Hieron. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Gay, H.J. [673], Papua New Guinea K000474669
    Gay, H.J. [673], Papua New Guinea K000474670


    First published in : 82 (1895)

    Accepted by

    • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). World Ferns: Checklist of Ferns and Lycophytes of the World Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.


    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • U.K.W.F. ed. 2: 28 (1994).
    • Johns, Pterid. trop. East Africa checklist: 62 (1991)
    • Burrows, S. Afr. Ferns: 220, map, figs. (1990)
    • Schelpe, F.Z. Pteridophyta: 172 (1970)
    • P.O.A. C: 82 (1895)


    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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