Asplenium aethiopicum (Burm.f.) Bech.

Shredded Spleenwort

Rhizome short-creeping; scales densely distributed, narrow, red-brown. Fronds to 40 cm or so long, erect to pendent, divided 2-3 times, midrib and stalk dark, grooved above, never with small plantlets. Blade oblong to triangular in outline; veins raised on upper surface. Segments narrow, elongate. Sori 2-8 mm long. Indusium membranous. Will tolerate cool conditions.

WA, NSW, Vic., Asia, Africa, tropical America.

Striped appearance of the dark green, leathery segments due to veins running out to the segment teeth.


Asplenium lividum Mett. ex Kuhn from Zimbabwe is occasionally sold; it is very similar but with less divided and narrower fronds divided up to 2 times at the base.

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Aspleniaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Hero image
Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Polypodiopsida
order     Polypodiales
family      Aspleniaceae
genus       Asplenium L.