Pteridophyta: Polypodiales


Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983) The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria.

Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca

Description of the family

Terrestrial, epiphytic or lithophytic plants. Rhizome short and suberect, or creeping and branched with non-peltate scales. Stipe articulated or not. Fronds dimorphic; lamina simple or pinnate, often with proliferating buds along the rhachis; veins free or anastomosing; stipe and rhachis adaxially with a longitudinal groove or convex and then with lateral ridges. Indumentum composed of scales or often with glandular hairs occurring on the rhizome, axes and lamina surfaces short, uniseriate hairs. The abaxial surface of the fertile fronds covered with sporangia.

Comment: Recent literature places the genera Elaphoglossum and Bolbitis either in the family of the Elaphoglossaceae (Crouch et al. 2011) or in the family of the Dryopteridaceae (Roux 2009). However since there are still uncertainties we have, for now, chosen to leave the genera within the Lomariopsidaceae.

Worldwide: c. 500 species (Source: Roux 2001); pantropical distribution.

Zambia: 2 genera and 9 taxa.

Elaphoglossum spathulatum var. spathulatum

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Bolbitis SchottDescription, Image
Elaphoglossum Schott ex J. Sm.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Lomariopsidaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Lomariopsidaceae
Flora of Malawi: Lomariopsidaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Lomariopsidaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Lomariopsidaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lomariopsidaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Lomariopsidaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lomariopsidaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Lomariopsidaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Lomariopsidaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lomariopsidaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Lomariopsidaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lomariopsidaceae
Wikipedia: Lomariopsidaceae
Plants of the World Online: Lomariopsidaceae
Tropicos: Lomariopsidaceae

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Lomariopsidaceae., retrieved 16 June 2024

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