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Asplenium ceterach   (Rusty-back Fern)


Asplenium ceterach  (ASPLENIACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Oct-2010 (last update: 2-Jan-2020)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2-Jan-2020) Asplenium ceterach retrieved from MaltaWildPlants.com on 24-Oct-2021

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Asplenium ceterachL.
Published in Sp. Pl. 1080 (1753)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Ceterech officinarum Willd.
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] [Worldplants.de]

Plant Family :

Aspleniaceae Newman (The Spleenwort Family)
4 species from the Aspleniaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Rusty-back Fern, Scale Fern

Maltese name(s) :

Felċi tal-Ħitan tas-Sejjieħ

Status for Malta :

Indigenous. Present on the Maltese islands before man

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare     Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: Soon to be updated...
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection :

Protected by law: Schedule VI of [S.L. 549.44] (strictly protected species)

Red List (1989) :

Threatened status for the Maltese Islands and has been listed in the Red Data Book (1st ed.)

Flowering Time :

All year

Colour of Flowers:

Inconspicuous

Name Derivation :

Asplenium:
ceterach:


Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Dry rocks and walls.
Preferred habitat in Malta: Shaded rubble walls in cool, sheltered sites close to valleys.
Botanical Description: Leaves 3-25 cm, persistent, oblong; petiole short, 1/6-1/4 as long as the lamina, covered with scales; lamina pinnatisect, greyish to dark green above, covered with light brown, overlapping scales beneath; leaf-segments alternate, ovate or oblong, 9-12 on each side, entire or crenate, rounded at the apex. Sori c. 2 mm. Mean exospore-length 35-41 µm.
Chromosome number: 2n=72, 144
Distributional range: W., S. & C. Europe, northwards to Scotland and S.E. Sweden, eastwards to Krym.

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
Albania, Belgium, the Balaeric Islands, Britain (excl. Northern Ireland and Channel islands), Bulgaria, Corse, Crete, Czeck Republic and Slovakia, France (incl. Monaco and Channel Islands but excluding Corse), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Spain (incl. Andorra but excl. the Balaerics), Hungary, Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia), ex-Jugoslavia, Portugal, Romania, Russia and former USSR, Sardinia, Sicily and/or Malta, Sweden, Turkey (European part), Introduced in  Austria and Liechtenstein, Poland
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
Ab(A N) AE(G) Ag Al Ar Au(A) Be(B L) BH Bl(I M N) Br Bu Ca(C T) Cg Co Cr Cs Ct Cy Eg Ga(C F M) Ge Gg(D) Gr Hb(E N) He Ho Hs(A G S) Hu Ir It Le Li Lu Ma Mk Rf(CS) Rm Sa Si(M S) Sk Sl SM Sn Sr Su Sy Tn Tu(A E) Uk(K) [Au Po]

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Cat. of Life

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IPNI

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Vienna Virt. Herb.

RBGE Herbarium

KEW Herbarium

MNHN

Arkive

IUCN

CABI
Current status of Asplenium sagittatum (Aspleniaceae) in the Maltese Islands Stephen Mifsud, Mark Napier, S. Fenech & Louis F. Cassar  (2016)
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Species Images (5 images)
   Asplenium ceterach   -   Image Code: ASLCE-0.
   Asplenium ceterach   -   Image Code: ASLCE-1.
   Asplenium ceterach   -   Image Code: ASLCE-2.
   Asplenium ceterach   -   Image Code: ASLCE-3.
   Asplenium ceterach   -   Image Code: ASLCE-4.

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