Schizaea Sm.

Photo: JE. Burrows
South Africa


Description of the genus

Rhizome short, horizontal. Fronds closely spaced, grass-like, narrowly linear. Fertile portion in an apical, comb-like, pinnate segment, its segments with narrow margins. Sporangia born in a single row on each side of a segment vein, covered by the pinnae margin when young, but later produting.


Derivation of name:  schizein: to split, referring to the finely divided, comb-like, pinnate apical portion of the fertile frond.

Worldwide: 20-28 species, pantropical distribution


Key to the species of Schizaea: PDF


We have 3 taxa in the database for Schizaea.

  • Schizaea dichotoma (L.) Sm.
  • Schizaea pectinata (L.) Sw.
  • Schizaea tenella Kaulf.


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