Doryopteris J.Sm.

Photo: P. Ballings


Description of the genus

Rhizome short, unbranched. Fronds monomorphic or dimorphic, pedate-pinnatifid, segments not articulated. Sori marginal or submarginal, indusium a strongly modified margin, interrupted or continuous.


Derivation of name:  dory: spear, pteris: fern; alluding to the shape of the leaves of some species.

Worldwide: ± 35 species, pantropical



We have 2 taxa in the database for Doryopteris.

  • Doryopteris concolor (Langsd. & Fisch.) Kuhn
  • Doryopteris pilosa (Poir.) Kuhn var. gemmifera J.E.Burrows & S.E.Strauss


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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.