Vascular – Exotic
Naturalised in New Zealand. Reported from Bay of Islands, Auckland and Christchurch. Uncommon but appears to be increasing around Auckland.
asplenium: From the Greek a- ‘without’ and splene ‘spleen’, a northern hemisphere species, the black spleenwort (Asplenium adiantum-nigrum), was once believed to be a cure for diseases of the spleen.
aethiopicum: Africa (especially South Africa); name derived from Aethiops, an African and son of Vulcan, the Greek God of metalworking and fire
Reason For Introduction
Dislikes damp or wet places. Prefers dry, hot, sunny sites.
Fact Sheet prepared for NZPCN by P.J. de Lange (7 March 2005).
Please cite as: de Lange, P.J. (Year at time of access): Asplenium aethiopicum Fact Sheet (content continuously updated). New Zealand Plant Conservation Network. https://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora/species/asplenium-aethiopicum/ (Date website was queried)