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Recircumscription and distribution of elements of the ‘Ceterach cordatum’ complex (Asplenium: Aspleniaceae) in southern Africa

R. R. Klopper, N. R. Crouch
Bothalia | Vol 42, No 1 | a5 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v42i1.5 | © 2012 R. R. Klopper, N. R. Crouch | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 December 2012 | Published: 12 December 2012

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R. R. Klopper, Department of Plant Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa
N. R. Crouch, School of Chemistry, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

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Ceterachoid aspleniums in southern Africa have long been treated as a single widespread and variable taxon, Asplenium cordatum (Thunb.) Sw. (= Ceterach cordatum Thunb.). In addition to A. cordatum, a further two ceterachoid taxa are now recognized as occurring in the Flora of southern Africa (FSA) region, namely A. capense (Kunze) Bir, Fraser-Jenk. & Lovis and A. phillipsianum (Kümmerle) Bir, Fraser-Jenk. & Lovis. We provide full descriptions and distributions of these three taxa.


Aspleniaceae; Asplenium; Ceterach; Ferns; Pteridophytes; Southern Africa; Xerophytes


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