Asplenium - Aspleniaceae

Asplenium warneckei Hieron.






Asplenium warneckei Hieron. var. prolifera Hieron.

Common name


Rhizome short-creeping or short-ascending, to 5 mm thick; rhizome scales black, narrowly triangular in outline, to 3.5 x 0.4–0.5 mm, with very thin brown margin, gradually tapering e into hair-tip. Fronds almost tufted to shortly spaced, 30–80 cm long, not proliferous (rarely proliferous near apex). Stipe grey or black, green on upper surface near apex, 10–35 cm long, at base with scales like rhizome scales, otherwise with brown sparse scales to 2.5 mm. Lamina oblong, 20–45 x 8–18 cm, pinnate, the lower pinnae rarely sub-3-lobed or lobed at base, the terminal pinna often 3-lobed and tapering to a point. Pinnae in 5–9 pairs, patent or spreading, (sub)opposite, papery, glaucous green, shortly stalked, trapezo-rhomboid in outline, to 10 x 4.8 cm, base unequal sided, acroscopic base subtruncate-cuneate, basiscopic base cuneate, margin irregularly serrate-crenate, glabrous or nearly so. Rhachis black with thin green lines connecting pinna bases, with dense scales when young, later with scattered subulate scales. Sori 9–18 per pinna, on the veins at a very slight angle to costa, 0.5–3 cm long, not reaching margin; indusium membranous, entire, 0.7–0.8 mm wide.



warneckei: type specimen collected by Otto Warnecke, German plant collector around the early 20th century.


Moist forest near water.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia, Sudan and South Sudan, Tanzania , Uganda.

Growth form

Epiphytic, terrestrial.


  • Beentje, H.J. (2008) Aspleniaceae. Flora of Tropical East Africa, Page 26. (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 101.