Asplenium chaseanum Schelpe

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Status: Native
Rhizome erect, c. 4 mm diameter; scales dark brown, awl-shaped, up to 3 mm long, margins entire. Fronds tufted, arching, thinly coriaceous. 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. 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.
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Habitat: Shade in evergreen forest, on rocks, near waterfalls and in beds of seasonal rivulets.
Altitude range: 1150 - 1650 m
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp,N
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Kornas, J. (1979). Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych Pages 97 - 98.

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 Page 82.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 183.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Asplenium chaseanum
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Asplenium chaseanum., retrieved 9 December 2023

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