Asplenium pumilum Sw.

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Asplenium pumilum

Picture: Petra Ballings
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Asplenium pumilum

Picture: Petra Ballings
SRGH

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Synonyms: Asplenium eylesii Sim
Asplenium pumilum Sw. subsp. hymenophylloides (Fée) Schelpe
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Rhizome up to 5 mm thick, erect; scales black with pale pseudoserrated margins, awl-shaped, up to 4 mm long, with long hair tip. Fronds tufted, not proliferous, erect, softly herbaceous. Stipe up to 7 cm; stipe and rhachis are thinly covered with fine pale hair-like scales. Lamina 3.5-10 cm × 2-6 cm, ovate in outline, 2-pinnatifid to 3-pinnatifid. Pinnae lobes ovate, margins irregularly toothed, thinly pubescent on both surfaces mainly along the veins. Sori up to 4 mm long, linear, indusium entire.
Type location:
Notes: Not likely to be confused with other species.
Derivation of specific name: pumilum: dwarf, short;
hymenophylloides: like Hymenophyllum, a genus of ferns with thin fronds.
Habitat: Shaded and seasonally moist situations in deciduous riverine forest and deciduous miombo woodland. Terrestrial or lithophyte.
Altitude range: 790 - 1500 m
Worldwide distribution: Burundi, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, north-western India, neotropics
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,E,C,S
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Literature:

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

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

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 352 - 353. (Includes a picture).

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 Pages 169 - 170.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 95.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 178.

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Flora of Malawi: Asplenium pumilum
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Asplenium pumilum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Asplenium pumilum
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Asplenium pumilum
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Asplenium pumilum
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Ispot Southern Africa: Asplenium pumilum
JSTOR Plant Science: Asplenium pumilum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Asplenium pumilum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Asplenium pumilum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Asplenium pumilum
Tropicos: Asplenium pumilum


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Asplenium pumilum.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=102680, retrieved 21 March 2019

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