Photo: P. Ballings
Description of the genus
Plants small, terrestrial or lithophytic. Rhizome creeping, rhizome scales linear, attenuate concolorous or variegated. Fronds tufted, flabellate, dichotomously divided into linear segments, sometimes dimorphic with fertile and sterile fronds, these strongly or weakly differentiated; fertile fronds usually larger than the sterile. Sori in a submarginal line, covered by a modified marginal indusium. Indusium continuous, entire.
Derivation of name: aktinos: ray, pteris: fern; referring to the radial or fan-shaped lamina.
Comment: Sometimes placed in the family of the Actiniopteridaceae.
Worldwide: 5 species, predominantly African, but 2 extended to India and Sri Lanka
Key to the species of Actiniopteris: PDF
We have 5 taxa in the database for Actiniopteris.