Belvisia Mirb.

Photo: P. Ballings


Description of the genus

Rhizome shortly creeping; scales peltate, clathrate. Fronds tufted, simple. Stipe short, articulated. Lamina linear to narrowly elliptic in outline, entire, glabrous; venation reticulate with free included veinlets. Sporangia acrostichoid borne on a linear segment at the apex of the frond.


Derivation of name:  bellus: pretty, videre: to look at; obscure derivation

Worldwide: c. 10 species in the tropics and warm temperate areas of the Old World.



We have 1 taxa in the database for Belvisia.

  • Belvisia spicata (L.f.) Mirb. ex Copel.


  • 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.