Mohria Sw.

Photo: P. Ballings


Description of the genus

Plants terrestrial or lithophytic. Rhizome short, creeping to suberect, with hairs and scales, irregularly laterally branched, often stoloniferous. Fronds tufted, herbaceous to coriaceous, 2-3-pinnatifid, not or slightly dimorphic, venation free. Sporangia near the vein endings, submarginal on almost unmodified pinnae, partly covered by the reflexed margin of the ultimate segments in two rows on each segment.


Derivation of name:  Matthias Heinrich Mohr was a German botanist and professor of philosophy at the University of Kiel.

Worldwide: 7 species in tropical and S Africa


Key to the species of Mohria: PDF


We have 7 taxa in the database for Mohria.

  • Mohria caffrorum (L.) Desv.
  • Mohria lepigera (Baker) Baker
  • Mohria marginalis (Savigny) J.P. Roux
  • Mohria nudiuscula J.P. Roux
  • Mohria rigida J.P. Roux
  • Mohria saxatilis J.P. Roux
  • Mohria vestita Baker


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  • 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: 1-222.
  • Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta.Flora Zambesiaca, 0: 1-254.