Polyphlebium Copel.

Photo: P. Ballings


Description of the genus

Rhizomes long creeping, covered with light brown hairs, roots few and fine. Fronds 2- or 3-pinnate, venation anadromous. Sori tubular; involucres not bivalvate, usually dilate, receptacle long-exserted.


Derivation of name:  polys: many, phlebios: veined; some species have fronds with a prominent venation.

Comment: Polyphlebium was included in the genus Trichomanes

Worldwide: c. 15 species, south temperate distribution



We have 1 taxa in the database for Polyphlebium.

  • Polyphlebium borbonicum (Bosch.) Ebihara & Dubuisson


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