Asplenium - Aspleniaceae

Asplenium diplazisorum Hieron.






Common name


Rhizome erect, short; rhizome scales triangular, apex long tapering to a slender point. Fronds monomorphic, tufted, erect, herbaceous, not proliferous. Stipe 8–16 cm long, greyish, grooved, with sparse scales and near apex articulated hairs. Lamina oblong in outline, 10–15 x 5–7 cm, pinnate, basal pinnae not or hardly reduced, terminal pinna deltoid-oblong in outline, margin toothed; pinnae in 6–8 pairs, trapezoid-oblong in outline, to 4 x 1.7 cm, apex rounded or pointed, base uneven, margin with blunt tooth, hairless, alternate, petiolulate; costa apparent. Sori many, on the veins at 45° angle to costa, not reaching costa or margin, linear, 3–8 mm long; indusium membranous, entire.




Swamp forest, on stumps or mounds.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Cameroon, Congo, Dem. Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda.

Growth form

Epiphytic, terrestrial.


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