Asplenium - Aspleniaceae

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






Acrostichum filare Forssk.
Asplenium filare (Forssk.) Alston
Asplenium canariense Willd.

Common name


General description see A. aethiopicum . For subsp. filare fronds up to 55cm, 2-pinnatifid to 2-pinnate, firmly herbaceous; spores globose, spore length/width ratio < 1.4



filare: drawing out in a long line, referring to the long, narrow pinna apices


Distribution worldwide

Distribution in Africa

Angola, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan and South Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Growth form



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