Asplenium - Aspleniaceae

Asplenium brausei Hieron






Common name


Rhizome shortly creeping or ascending; rhizome scales greyish, broad, cordate at the base, margins toothed, ciliates. Frond 30-50 cm long, monomorphic. Stipe up to 1/4 - 1/3 of frond length, scaly at the base, brownish. Lamina lanceolate in outline, 2-pinnate to 3-pinnatifid, pinnatifid at the apex; pinnae 20-25 pairs, alternate, sessile, oblong or linear-oblong in outline, up to 7 x 1.5 cm; ultimate segments trapezoid-rhomboid in outline, base unequally cuneate, outer margins toothed, surface subglabrous; rhachis bearing the same large scales as the rhizome; veins forked. Sori indusiate, indusium blackish.




On rocks at base of cliff face with running water.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Cameroon, Gabon.

Growth form



  • Roux, J.P. (2009) Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands. Strelitzia 23, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria. Page 80.
  • Tardieu-Blot, M.-L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.3.Flore du Cameroun, Pages 218 - 219. (Includes a picture).
  • Thardieu-Blot, M.L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.8.Flore du Gabon, Pages 140 - 141.