Melpomene A.R. Sm. & R.C. Moran

Photo: P. Ballings


Description of the genus

Plants epiphytic or lithophytic. Rhizome short- or long-creeping. Fronds shortly or widely spaced. Lamina narrowly linear in outline, pinnatifid; venation free, simple or forked. sori elliptic at the veins ends.


Worldwide: c. 20 species mainly in the neotropics with one extending to Africa.



We have 1 taxa in the database for Melpomene.

  • Melpomene flabelliformis (Poir.) A.R. Sm. & R.C. Moran


  • Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011) Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide. Struik Nature.
  • Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta.Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report, 13: 1-222.