Crepidomanes (C. Presl ) C. Presl

Photo: P. Ballings


Description of the genus

Rhizome widely creeping, irregularly branched, densely covered with dark hairs and root-like shoots present. Fronds spaced, often distally winged, 2- or 3-pinnatifid, venation anadromous, free, with or without false veinlets. Sori terminal on the veins, solitary at the apex of the ultimate segments, tubular; involucre cup-shaped, usually with a bilabiate mouth, receptacles exserted.


Derivation of name:  krepis: slipper,manes: cup-shaped; referring to the form of the involucre

Comment: Crepidomanes was included in the genus Trichomanes

Worldwide: c. 30 species, palaeotropical and north temperate distribution



We have 10 taxa in the database for Crepidomanes.

  • Crepidomanes africanum (H.Christ) Ebihara & Dubuisson
  • Crepidomanes chevalieri (H. Christ) Ebihara & Dubuisson
  • Crepidomanes clarenceanum (Ballard) Pic.Serm.
  • Crepidomanes fallax (H. Christ) Ebihara & Dubuisson
  • Crepidomanes frappieri (Cordem.) J.P. Roux
  • Crepidomanes inopinatum (Pic. Serm.) J.P. Roux
  • Crepidomanes mannii (Hook) J.P.Roux
  • Crepidomanes melanotrichum (Schltdl.) J.P. Roux
  • Crepidomanes mettenii (C.Chr.) Ebihara & Dubuisson
  • Crepidomanes ruwenzoriense (Taton) J.P.Roux


  • Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011) Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide. Struik Nature.
  • Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta.Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report, 13: 1-222.