Asplenium balense Chaerle & Viane

, Novon 17(2): 149 (148-153, f.1-2) (2007).
IPNI Life Sciences Identifier (LSID)
Novon; a Journal for Botanical Nomenclature. St. Louis, MO
17(2): 149 (148-153, f.1-2)
Date of Publication
20 Jun 2007
Family as entered in IPNI

Type Information

Collector Team
R. L. L. Viane 7141
Goba-Dola Mena road (over Mt. Batu), Sanetti Plateau, 21 km S of Goba, alt. 3870 m
Collection Date
16 Jan 1998
Type Herbaria
holotype GENT
isotype Viane Herb.
Distribution Of Types
Bale (Ethiopia, Northeast Tropical Africa, Africa)


A. balense is similar to A. demerkense Hieronymus, which differs in rhizome, scales, and frond morphology, and also in the presence of short false veins in the laminae; resembles A. uhligii Hieronymus, but differs in degree of lamina dissection and in the presence of unicellular capitate glands on the indusial margin; also resembles A. erythraeum Pichi Sermolli, which can be distinguished by the absence of both glands and false veins; belongs to the group of East African high-altitude (2000–4700 m) Asplenium species similar in gross morphology to members of the A. aethiopicum (Burman f.) Becherer complex. (vide protologue abstract).