Microlepia C. Presl

Photo: P. Ballings


Description of the genus

Rhizome creeping. Fronds closely spaced. Lamina pinnate to 4-pinnatifid, often large, herbaceous, pubescent; veins free, rarely anastomising. Sori subcircular, borne at the vein endings, which also bear a conspicuous gland; indusium cup-shaped, opening towards the margin. Spores trilete.


Derivation of name:  micros: small, lepis: scale; sori are covered by a small indusium.

Worldwide: c. 45 species worldwide, mostly in tropical Asia.



We have 3 taxa in the database for Microlepia.

  • Microlepia fadenii Pic.Serm.
  • Microlepia speluncae (L.) T. Moore
  • Microlepia strigosa (Thunb. ex Murray) C. Presl


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