Asplenium - Aspleniaceae

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






Asplenium furcatum Thunb. var. tripinnatum Baker
Asplenium praemorsum Sw. var. tripinnatum sensu Sim

Common name


General description see A. aethiopicum. For subsp. tripinnatum fronds up to 1.25 m long, 3-pinnate, firmly herbaceous; spores plano-convex, spore length > 38┬Ám



tripinnatum: fronds tripinnate divided


Moist or seasonally moist forest, forest remnants, shaded, terrestrial.

Distribution worldwide

Distribution in Africa

Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe.

Growth form

Lithophytic, terrestrial.


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