Davallia Sm.

Photo: BT. Wursten


Description of the genus

Lithophytic or epiphytic, rarely terrestrial plants. Rhizome long creeping with a dense coat of peltate, ciliate rhizome-scales. Stipe articulated to the rhizome. Fronds numerous, monomorphic, much dissected, broadest at the base, texture firm, macroscopically glabrous. Lamina pinnately compound; venation free, ending near the margin. Sori terminal on the veins near the margin with indusium laterally free or attached.


Derivation of name:  Davallia: named after Edmond Davall, botanist.

Worldwide: ± 90 species, predominantly palaeotropical distribution.



We have 2 taxa in the database for Davallia.

  • Davallia canariensis (L.) Sm.
  • Davallia chaerophylloides (Poir.) Steud.


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