Asplenium cordatum (Thunb.) Sw.

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Asplenium cordatum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Maleme dam, Matobo N.P.

Asplenium cordatum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Maleme dam, Matobo N.P.

Asplenium cordatum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Besna Kobila

Asplenium cordatum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Besna Kobila

Asplenium cordatum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Besna Kobila

Asplenium cordatum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Along Fort Usher Road, Matobo

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Synonyms: Acrostichum cordatum Thunb.
Ceterach cordatum (Thunb.) Desv.
Grammitis cordata (Thunb.) Sw.
Gymnogramma cordata (Thunb.) Schltdl. var. namaquensis (Pappe & Rawson) Sim
Gymnogramma namaquensis Pappe & Rawson
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Description:
Rhizome erect or procumbent, 3-6 mm in diameter, scales dark brown, up to 4.5 mm long, lanceolate, tapering, margin paler. Fronds not proliferous, tufted, erect. Stipe short, up to 60 mm long, dark chestnut brown; scales shining, lanceolate, c. 3.5 mm. Lamina 2-15 × 1-5 cm, shallowly to deeply 2-pinnatifid, elliptic to oblanceolate in outline, subcoriaceous, inrolled when dry; basal pinnae gradually decrescent. Pinnae free, oblong-lanceolate, margins irregularly scalloped to incised, apex bluntly acute, base heart-shaped, undersurface very densely covered with pale reddish-brown scales. Rhachis not winged between pinnae; scales dark chestnut brown, lanceolate, 3mm long. Sori linear, up to 2 mm long, hardly visible because of the covering scales, exindusiate.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: cordatum: heart-shaped, referring to the two basal lobes of the pinna.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe
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Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Literature:

Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 255 - 256. (Includes a picture).

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 582 - 583. (Includes a picture).

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 379 - 380.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 5.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 157.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Pages 82 - 83.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Pages 188 - 189.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 15.

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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: Species information: Asplenium cordatum.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=102460, retrieved 16 December 2019

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