Asplenium aethiopicum (Burm.f.) Bech.

Shredded Spleenwort

Candollea 6: 23 (1935) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Rhizome usually short and erect, covered with lanceolate, brown scales. Fronds clustered, erect, 10–60 cm long. Stipe shorter or longer than lamina, grooved, brittle, dark brown, shiny; scales similar to those of rhizome. Lamina narrowly triangular-oblong, 2-pinnate with pinnae further lobed or divided (sometimes almost 3-pinnate at base); scales numerous on young lamina, more common on rachises and veins, small, dark, with long hair-tips and broad bases; primary rachis grooved, dark. Pinnae stalked, asymmetrically ovate to triangular, c. 8–20 mm long, pinnately divided, thickened basal edge decurrent on raised edge of rachis; pinnules wedge-shaped, outer edge with narrow teeth or lobes, sometimes deeply divided; veins forking, close together, raised on upper surface. Sori linear, along veins; indusium linear-oblong, membranous.

DunT, GGr, VVP, WaP. Also WA, NSW. Southern and tropical Africa, tropical America, Asia. Only found on sandstone rocks in the Victoria Range, Grampians, and on basalt in collapsed lava tunnels near Darlots Creek in the south-west of the State.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1994). Ferns and allied plants (Psilophyta, Lycopodiophyta, Polypodiophyta). In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-29
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
order Polypodiales
family Aspleniaceae
genus Asplenium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Asplenium aethiopicum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Asplenium aethiopicum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
New South Wales