Asplenium - Aspleniaceae

Asplenium aethiopicum (Burm. f.) Bech. ssp. aethiopicum






Asplenium praemorsum sensu Sim
Asplenium praemorsum Sw. var. angustitripinnatum Bonap.
Asplenium vinsoii Cordem.
Asplenium furcatum Thunb.
Asplenium falsum Retz.

Common name


General description see A. aethiopicum . For subsp. aethiopicum fronds up to 60 cm long, 2-pinnate to 3-pinnatifid, pinnae trullate with usually more than 3 free pinnules, subcoriaveous; mean spore size 38-44┬Ám



aethiopicum: Africa south of Libya and Egypt


Moist or seasonally moist forest, forest remnants and rocky outcrops. Terrestrial, epiphytic or lithophytic.

Distribution worldwide

Distribution in Africa

Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Dem. Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko), Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania , Uganda, Zimbabwe.

Growth form

Epiphytic, terrestrial.


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