Asplenium - Aspleniaceae

Asplenium chaseanum Schelpe






Common name


Rhizome erect, c. 4 mm diameter; rhizome scales awl-shaped, up to 3 mm long, margins entire, dark brown. Fronds monomorphic, tufted, arching, thinly coriaceous, not gemmiferous. Stipe up to 15 cm, black, sparsely set with brown scales c. 2 mm long. Lamina up to 12 × 7 cm, deeply 2-pinnatifid, oblong-acute in outline, basal pinnae slightly reduced; pinnae up to 5 × 1.5 cm, elongate-trapeziform in outline, glabrous on both sides, deeply pinnatifid into narrowly oblong lobes with irregularly toothed apices; veins obscure; rhachis black, with narrow greenish wings in the upper part, glabrous except for a few scales similar to those on the stipe. Sori up to 1 cm long, linear; indusium entire.


Distinguished from other taxa by its relatively short, deeply bipinnatifid, oblong, acute fronds.



Shade in evergreen forest, on rocks, near waterfalls and in beds of seasonal rivulets.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Dem. Republic of Congo, Zambia.

Growth form

Lithophytic, terrestrial.


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