Amauropelta Kunze


Description of the genus

Plants terrestrial or epilithic. Rhizome erect or suberect; rhizome scales rather broad with few hairs. Fronds monomorphic, 2-pinnatifid, pinnae gradually decrescent towards base and apex. Veins free, veins of the pinna lobes not meeting below the sinus. Sori round, exindusiate or with a very small indusium.


Derivation of name:  amaurus: obscure, pelta: shield; alluding to the very small indusium.

Worldwide: c. 200 species, neotropical distribution with a few species in Africa and the Madagascan region.



We have 5 taxa in the database for Amauropelta.

  • Amauropelta bergiana (Schltdl.) Holttum var. bergiana
  • Amauropelta bergiana (Schltdl.) Holttum var. calva Holttum
  • Amauropelta knysnaensis (N.C.Anthony & Schelpe) Parris
  • Amauropelta odontosora (Bonap.) Holttum
  • Amauropelta oppositiformis (C. Chr.) Holttum


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