Histiopteris (J. Agardh) J. Sm.

Photo: JE. Burrows
South Africa


Description of the genus

Rhizome widely creeping. Fronds well-spaced, 2-3-pinnatifid, glabrous and glaucous; veins anastomosing freely; pair of reduced pinnae at rhachis-secondary rhachis junction. Sori borne in a continuous line at the margin; indusium consisting of the reflexed margin of the lamina.


Derivation of name:  histion: web, cloth; pteris: fern; referring to the stipule-like pinnules at the base of the pinnae or to the netted vein pattern.

Worldwide: 1 species occuring in the tropical and south-temperate areas of the world.



We have 1 taxa in the database for Histiopteris.

  • Histiopteris incisa (Thunb.) J.Sm.


  • Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011) Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide. Struik Nature.
  • 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.