Asplenium buettneri Hieron.

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Asplenium buettneri

Picture: Petra Ballings

Asplenium buettneri

Picture: Petra Ballings

Asplenium buettneri

Picture: Petra Ballings

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Synonyms: Asplenium parablastophorum A.F. Braithw.
Common names:
Status: Native
Rhizome thin, up to 4 mm thick, creeping; scales dark brown, entire, subulate, up to 4 mm. Fronds clearly spaced apart, erect, glabrous, not proliferous. Stipe 10-25 cm, scales dark brown. Lamina 11-25 × 6-14 cm, 2-pinnate on the lower pinnae, triangular-ovate in outline. Pinnules elongate-obcuneate, base asymmetrical, margins toothed, venation flabellate. Stipe and rhachis both very dark to almost black. Sori linear, set along the veins, with more than one per lobe; indusium entire, lineair.
Type location:
Notes: Differs from similar species by having a very thin rhizome and almost black stipe and rhachis.
Derivation of specific name: buettneri: named after O.A.R. Büttner, a German plant collector.
Habitat: Moist evergreen montane forest, deciduous miombo woodland. Epiphyte or lithophyte.
Altitude range: 700 - 1600 m
Worldwide distribution: Bioko, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic DRC, Ethiopia, Gabon,Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,Lp,N,Mc,C,S
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte, terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 251 - 252. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 93.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 7. As Asplenium parablastophorum

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 9.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 162. As Asplenium parablastophorum

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 362 - 363. (Includes a picture).

Kornas, J. (1979). Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych Page 97.

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 163.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Pages 80 - 81.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Pages 182 - 183.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Asplenium buettneri., retrieved 26 February 2024

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