Abrodictyum C. Presl

Photo: P. Ballings


Description of the genus

Rhizome erect or short-creeping, covered with brown to blackish hairs, roots numerous and robust. Fronds 3 to 4 pinnate, first set of veins arise apically from the midrib towards the apex. Sori tubular, involucre truncate, receptacles long exserted.


Derivation of name:  Abros: soft, dictyon: netted; the fronds of some species have a lace-like appearance

Comment: Abrodictyum was included in the widely circumscribed genus Trichomanes.

Worldwide: c. 25 species, pantropical distribution



We have 3 taxa in the database for Abrodictyum.

  • Abrodictyum cupressoides (Desv.) Ebihara & Duboisson
  • Abrodictyum guineense (Afzel. ex Sw.) J.P.Roux
  • Abrodictyum rigidum (Sw.) Ebihara & Dubuisson


  • Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011) Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide. Struik Nature.