201.400 Asplenium L.

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Description of the genus

Epiphytic, lithophytic or terrestrial plants. Rhizome creeping, suberect or erect, short or long , often stoloniferous, with scales. Stipe not articulated to the rhizome; black, castaneous or greyish-green; hairless or with hairs or scales. Fronds monomorphic, widely spaced or tufted, simple to 4-pinnatifid; with or without a proliferous bud at or near the lamina apex; veins free or anastomosing at the margins. Sori linear (in ours), elongated and dorsally along a vein or shortened and near marginal; indusium narrow or rudimentary.

Derivation of name: a splen means without a spleen; it was thought that the plants could reduce an enlarged spleen.

Worldwide: c. 700 species, cosmopolitan.

Botswana: 1 taxon.

Asplenium cordatum

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
cordatum (Thunb.) Sw.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Asplenium:

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Flora of Malawi: Asplenium
Flora of Mozambique: Asplenium
Flora of Zambia: Asplenium
Flora of Zimbabwe: Asplenium

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Asplenium
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Asplenium
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Asplenium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Asplenium
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Asplenium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Asplenium.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=86, retrieved 15 December 2019

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