Asplenium projectum has only been collected a handful of times since it was first collected in 1829 by Poeppig in Peru. This is the first record from  Colombia.  I found it growing on a moist cliff face in dense primary forest of Parque Nacional Las Orquideas. The plants were forming small colonies via proliferous roots at the leaf apices. The leaves measure about 7 cm long, and the pinnae about 2mm long.  Tryon and Stolze (1993, Pteridophyta of Peru V:33) thought that it was closely allied to two other minute flagelliform andean species, A. gilliesii Hook. and A. lorentzii Hieron. However, pinna shape of A. projectum seems more similar to other larger proliferous species like A. rutaceum or A. euadoresnse.

Collection Data (M. Sundue 3351)

Classification & Common Names

General Collection Data
  • Date: 11-IX-2012
  • Primary Collector & #: M. Sundue 3351
  • Collection Party: M. Sundue, J. Betancur, P. Pedraza, G. Giraldo, M. Jaimes, E. Tineo, M. Londono, A. Duque, L. Arias
  • Det. History: M. Sundue
  • Habitat: Primary Forest
  • Habit: Lithophyte
  • Specimen Locations: COL, NY
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