Terpsichore A.R.Sm.


Description of the genus

Plants epiphytic, rarely saxicolous or terrestrial; rhizomes short-creeping to ascending, generally weakly dorsiventral to radial, the scales nonclathrate, brown to blackish, infrequently orangish, concolorous, dull to usually shining, glabrous or with variously colored (hyaline to castaneous) setae; phyllopodia present or absent; petioles nearly absent to equaling the lamina, setose (especially proximally) and sometimes also puberulent, the setae 0.5-3 mm, usually reddish or castaneous, numerous, spreading, the hairs 0.1-0.2 mm, branched or unbranched, pale reddish, sometimes glandular; laminae pinnatisect to 1-pinnate, rarely 1-pinnate-pinnatifid, forking in a few spp., monomorphous, usually setose (at least along the rachis); hydathodes present, sometimes producing calcareous secretions (whitish limedots); veins simple, pinnate from the costae, free, hidden or easily visible; sori round, not sunken into the lamina, without paraphyses; sporangial capsules glabrous or setose.


Worldwide: neotropical



We have 2 taxa in the database for Terpsichore.

  • Terpsichore cultrata (Bory ex Willd.) A.R. Sm.
  • Terpsichore kirkii Parris


  • Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta.Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report, 13: 1-222.
  • Roux, J.P. (2009) Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands. Strelitzia 23, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.
  • Smith, Alan R. (1993) Terpsichore, a New Genus of Grammitidaceae.Novon, 3(4): 478-489.