Asplenium - Aspleniaceae

Asplenium linckii Kuhn

Photo: P. Ballings

Photo: P. Ballings

Photo: P. Ballings

Photo: P. Ballings






Asplenium daubenberghii Rosenst.
Asplenium albersii Hieron var. eickii Hieron.
Asplenium decompositum Peter

Common name


Rhizome shortly creeping to suberect, up to 5 mm diameter; rhizome scales up to 6 x 0.3-1 mm, shiny brown, lanceolate to narrowly triangular in outline, entire, apex gradually tapering to a point and ending in a hair-tip. Fronds tufted or shortly spaced, not proliferous, arching, firmly herbaceous. Stipe 9-40 cm, matt brown to black, subglabrous above, base with scales similar to rhizome. Lamina (8-)11-33(-60) × (3-)10-27 cm, 3-pinnate to 5-pinnatifid, ovate-triangular in outline, finely dissected, basal pinnae the largest, apex decrescent. Pinnae 15-20 pairs, broadly ovate-triangular in outline, up to 17 x 10 cm. Ultimate segments wedge-shaped or narrowly obcuneate, up to 8-10 x 2-4 mm, apex with doubly toothed-truncate margins with teeth to 2 mm long, hairless on both surfaces or sometimes with a few minute scales beneath. Sori 1-3 per ultimate segment, elliptic in outline, 1.5-6 mm long; indusium entire, linear, membranous, 0.3-0.4 mm wide.


Differs from similar species by sharply serrated apical margins and small pinnules.


linckii: named after H.A. Linck, German physician and collector on the von der Decken expedition.


Deep shade in evergreen forest.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Burundi, Dem. Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania , Uganda, Zimbabwe.

Growth form

Epiphytic, lithophytic, terrestrial.


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