Geoffary Gunsalam and I found this epiphyte growing on Gunung Alab, in Tambunan (Sabah, Malaysia). The plant was sterile, and we were unable to place it to genus at the time. I did not collect it since my permit only covered grammitids. A few weeks later while working in SING I stumbled upon some Asplenium specimens which were quite similar and realized what I had seen. Thanks to Barbara Parris (AK) for suggesting the species.
Classification & Common Names
- Class: Polypodiopsida
- Family: Aspleniaceae
- Genus: Asplenium L.
- Species: Asplenium salignum Blume
- Common name(s):
General Observation Data
- Date: 2-IX-2010
- Habitat: Primary Forest
- Habit: Epiphyte
- Location: Gunung Alab – – Tambunan – Sabah – Malaysia.
- Coordinates: 5.846, 116.366
Asplenium salignum Blume/A vulcanicum Blume
isn´t this Asplenium merapohense???
Good question Malte! When that species was published in 2017 I immediately thought of this plant. Since this plant was sterile and not collected, someone will have to go back to Gunung Alab to be sure. However, the fact that my plant was an epiphyte would argue that A. salignum is the best name for now. I also would like to know more about the edge between these two taxa. Is A. merapohense simply a regional variant? could polyploidy be involved? Much remains unknown about this group of Asplenium.