Tectaria Cav.

Photo: P. Ballings


Description of the genus

Rhizome stout, creeping or erect; rhizome scales, thin, entire. Fronds tufted, herbaceous to coriaceous. Stipe shiny, scaly, not articulated. Lamina 2-pinnatifid to 3-pinnate, basal pinnae often basiscopically developed, often with proliferating buds along the lamina axis; ultimate segments entire or lobed; veins anastomosing with or without included veinlets. Sori round; indusia peltate or round-kidney-shaped or absent.


Derivation of name:  tectus: hidden, secret; possibly alluding to the deeply shaded habitats of the ferns of this genus.

Worldwide: c. 210 species, paleotropic distribution.



We have 9 taxa in the database for Tectaria.

  • Tectaria angelicifolia (Schumach.) Copel.
  • Tectaria barteri (J.Sm.) C.Chr.
  • Tectaria camerooniana (Hook.) Alston
  • Tectaria fernandensis (Baker) C.Chr.
  • Tectaria gemmifera (Fée) Alston
  • Tectaria macrodonta (Fée) C.Chr.
  • Tectaria magnifica (Bonap.) C.Chr.
  • Tectaria puberula (Desv.) C.Chr.
  • Tectaria torrisiana Shäffer-Fehre


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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.