Asplenium - Aspleniaceae

Asplenium peteri Bech.






Asplenium lanceolatum Peter

Common name


Rhizome erect; rhizome scales dark brown, triangular in outline, 1–1.3 x 0.4 mm, apex tapering to a point, margins entire. Fronds simple, tufted, 10–13 cm long. Stipe 1–2 cm long, hairless or nearly so. Lamina herbaceous, green, lanceolate in outline, 9–11 x 2–2.6 cm, costa glabrous, white, base long-attenuate, margin crenate-serrate, apex rounded or obtuse, here often proliferous. Sori many, at an oblique angle, reaching neither costa nor margin, linear, 3.5–8 mm long; indusium membranous, to 0.7 mm wide, entire.


Differs from other simple leaved Asplenium's by having a short lamina (9-11 cm), a short stipe (1-2 cm) and a rounded apex.


peteri: named after Peter, who collected the type specimen in Mlinga Mts., Tanzania.


Mist or swamp forest.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Kenya, Tanzania .

Growth form

Epiphytic, terrestrial.


  • Beentje, H.J. (2008) Aspleniaceae.Flora of Tropical East Africa, Page 11. (Includes a picture).
  • 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 93.