Pellaea Link

Photo: P. Ballings


Description of the genus

Rhizome usually shortly creeping with linear, black or brown, scales. Stipe dark reddish-brown to black, glabrous or with hairs or scales. Fronds pinnate to 4-pinnate with pinnae or ultimate segments articulated, glabrous or pubescent to tomentose. Sori submarginal, confluent into a soral line (rarely discrete), usually covered by a continuous indusium formed from the reflexed margin; paraphyses usually 0.


Derivation of name:  pellos: dark-coloured, an allusion to the dark or black stipe or leaf stalks of most species.

Worldwide: c. 35 species, tropical, with a few species occuring in temporate and boreal regions.



We have 17 taxa in the database for Pellaea.

  • Pellaea angolensis Schelpe
  • Pellaea angulosa (Bory ex Willd.) Baker
  • Pellaea boivinii Hook. var. boivinii
  • Pellaea calomelanos (Sw.) Link var. calomelanos
  • Pellaea calomelanos (Sw.) Link var. swynnertoniana (Sim) Schelpe
  • Pellaea doniana J.Sm. ex Hook.
  • Pellaea dura (Willd.) Hook. var. latipinna Schelpe
  • Pellaea dura (Willd.) Hook. var. dura
  • Pellaea dura (Willd.) Hook. var. holstii (Hieron.) Schelpe
  • Pellaea dura (Willd.) Hook. var. schweinfurthii (Hieron.) Verdc.
  • Pellaea leucomelas (Mett. ex Kuhn) Baker
  • Pellaea longipilosa Bonap.
  • Pellaea pectiniformis Baker
  • Pellaea prolifera Schelpe
  • Pellaea pteroides (L.) Prantl.
  • Pellaea rufa A.F.Tryon
  • Pellaea schippersii Verdc.


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  • Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983) The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria.
  • Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta.Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report, 13: 1-222.
  • Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta.Flora Zambesiaca, 0: 1-254.