Asplenium - Aspleniaceae

Asplenium aethiopicum (Burm. f.) Bech. ssp. dodecaploideum A.F. Braithw.






Asplenium aethiopicum (Burm.f.) Bech. subsp. braithwaitii Ormonde

Common name


General description see A. aethiopicum . For subsp. dodecaploidum fronds up to 25 cm long, 2-pinnate to 2-pinnatifid, pinnae broadly trullate with 1 or 2 free pinnules, fleshy; mean spore size 46-49 ┬Ám



dodecaploideum: chromosome number dodecaploid (x12)


Boulders and rock crevices in seasonally moist montanious regions, exposed or partially shaded, terrestrial.

Distribution worldwide

Distribution in Africa

Angola, Lesotho, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Growth form



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