Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Pteridophyte Literature for Asplenium acuminatum
Palmer, 2003.
   Aspleniaceae -- The Spleenwort Family Bibliography
      Asplenium acuminatum

Common name(s): spleenwort, lola
General Information
DistributionHawaiian Islands.In the Hawaiian Islands, endemic to Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

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HabitatMesic to wet forests
Elevation275-2500 m
Terrestrial, medium-sized to large; rhizomes short-creeping to decumbent, covered with linear-lanceolate scales.
Fronds 45—200 x 17—25 cm, not proliferous; stipe brown, nearly glabrous, with a few dark, linear-lanceolate scales at base; blade always 2-pinnate, dark green, oblong- lanceolate, coriaceous; pinnae 18—28 pairs, close, short-stalked, alternate, lower ones subopposite, 7—21 x 2—4 cm; ultimate segments 7—32 pairs, short-stalked, oblong- lanceolate, 1—2.4 x 0.5—1.2 cm, slightly lobed (especially in distal basal area), oriented at 45 degree angle from pinnae midribs, distal margins of bases parallel with pinnae costae, proximal margins heading straight out at 45 degree angle, tips often acuminate, tip margins with small obtuse teeth; veins pinnate, forked or unforked, terminating in marginal teeth.
Sori up to 12 per ultimate segment, 4—6 mm long; indusia linear.
Latin acuminatus, tapering gradually or abruptly from inwardly curved sides to a narrow point, alluding to the shape of some of the pinnules.
Sally Eichhorn