Arachniodes Blume


Description of the genus

Rhizome creeping or ascending. Fronds spaced or tufted, herbacious or coriaceous. Stipes not articulated, scaly at the base. Lamina 2- to 4- pinnatifid , basal pinnae strongly basiscopically developed and almost as long as the lamina; ultimate segments with a sharp, long bristle-like point; veins free. Rhachis stramineous. Sori round, indusia coriaceous, kidney-shaped, spores monolete.


Derivation of name:  arachne: spider, -odes: in the form of; alluding to the finely divided pentagonal outline of the lamina of some species.

Worldwide: About 50-70 species, mostly tropical and warm-temperate distribution.



We have 1 taxa in the database for Arachniodes.

  • Arachniodes webbiana (A. Braun) Schelpe ssp. foliosa (C. Chr.) Gibby


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  • 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.