Lindsaea Dryand. ex Sm.

Photo: JE. Burrows
South Africa


Description of the genus

Terrestrial or lithophytic ferns. Rhizome creeping; rhizome-scales brown, ovate-lanceolate, grading into hairs. Stipe not articulated. Fronds tufted or spaced, herbaceous, glabrous, pinnate; pinnae symmetrical or midrib forming the lower margin for some distance; veins free or less often, anastomosing. Sori marginal or submarginal, linear or oblong. Indusium opening outwards towards the margin.


Derivation of name:  Lindsaea: named after John Lindsay, a Jamaican botanist

Worldwide: c. 150 species, palaeotropical.


Key to the species of Lindsaea: PDF


We have 3 taxa in the database for Lindsaea.

  • Lindsaea ensifolia Sw.
  • Lindsaea madagascariensis Baker
  • Lindsaea odorata Roxb.


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