Asplenium - Aspleniaceae

Asplenium anisophyllum Kunze

Photo: BT. Wursten

Photo: P. Ballings

Photo: P. Ballings

Photo: P. Ballings

Photo: P. Ballings

Photo: P. Ballings






Asplenium geppii Carruth.
Asplenium anisophyllum Kunze var. microphyllum Kuhn
Asplenium anisophyllum Kunze var. minutidentatum Bonap.
Asplenium chlaenopteron Fée
Asplenium subauriculatum Hieron.

Common name


Rhizome erect, to 2 cm in diameter; rhizome scales pale brown, lanceolate in outline, 6-12 x 1.5-3.5 mm, apex pointed, margin divided into a fringe of slender lobes. Fronds tufted, pinnate, not proliferous. Stipe up to 48 cm long, matt brown, hairless with few scales at base similar to rhizome. Lamina 20-88 × 8-32 cm, ovate-elliptic in outline, 7-20 pairs of pinnae, terminal pinna at the apex of the frond resembling the middle pinnae. Pinnae 5-16 x 1.5-3 cm, narrowly lanceolate in outline, apex pointed or tapering to a point, asymmetric at the base, glabrous above with a few scales on costae and veins below, margins toothed with a vein ending in each crenation.  Sori linear, 2.5-6 mm long, set along the veins at (45°?) 60° to the costa, extending from near the costa to halfway to the margin; indusium to 1.2 mm wide, membranous, entire, opening towards the costa.


Differs from similar species by not proliferous fronds that have many pinnae, toothed margins and a dull green colour.


Aniso-: unequal; -phyllum:  leaf (pinnae): the pinnae basis of this species is assymmetric.


Shaded areas in moist, evergreen forest.

Distribution worldwide

Africa, Madagascar.

Distribution in Africa

Angola, Burundi, Dem. Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko), Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan and South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania , Uganda, Zimbabwe.

Growth form

Epiphytic, lithophytic, terrestrial.


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