Pityrogramma Link

Photo: P. Ballings


Description of the genus

Rhizome erect or creeping; rhizome scales linear attenuate, brown. Stipe dark reddish-brown, glabrous. Fronds tufted or spaced. Lamina 2-4-pinnatifid with white, pink, yellow or orange powder on underside, glabrous on upper surface; veins free. Sori without an indusium, borne along the length of the veins.


Derivation of name:  pityon: chaff, gramma: line; reference to the powdery, linear-like arrangement of the sori.

Worldwide: 16 species, neotropical distribution.



We have 6 taxa in the database for Pityrogramma.

  • Pityrogramma argentea (Willd.) Domin
  • Pityrogramma aurantiaca (Hieron) C.Chr.
  • Pityrogramma calomelanos (L.) Link var. calomelanos
  • Pityrogramma calomelanos (L.) Link var. aureoflava (Hook.) Weath. ex L.H. Bailey
  • Pityrogramma humbertii C.Chr. var. elongata C.Chr.
  • Pityrogramma rupicola Pic.Serm.


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