Zygophlebia L.E. Bishop


Description of the genus

Rhizomes short-creeping, dorsiventral, stipes in two rows, articulated to rhizome, phyllopodia present; rhizomes with brown non-clathrate scales that are usually glandular at least on margin. Fronds pinnate or deeply pinnately divided, with red-brown simple eglandular hairs, catenate branched hairs often with glandular apex to branches, and simple glandular and catenate simple glandular hairs; veins pinnately branched in pinnae, branchlets often forked, sometimes anastomosing; hydathodes absent on vein endings on adaxial surface of lamina. Sori on surface of lamina or slightly sunken in broad shallow depressions, ± circular to broadly elliptic in outline, in two rows per pinna, one each side of pinna mid-vein, with simple or branched glandular receptacular paraphyses, the glands never white when young; sporangia glabrous.


Worldwide: Tropical montane areas of the New world and Africa including Madagascar



We have 3 taxa in the database for Zygophlebia.

  • Zygophlebia devoluta (Baker) Parris
  • Zygophlebia major (Reimers) Parris
  • Zygophlebia villosissima (Hook.) L.E. Bishop


  • Parris, B.S. (2005) Grammitidaceae.Flora of Tropical East Africa, .
  • Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta.Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report, 13: 1-222.