Ctenitis (C.Chr.) C. Chr.


Description of the genus

Plants terrestrial. Rhizome creeping, suberect to erect; rhizome scales linear to lanceolate. Fronds spaced or tufted, herbaceous, monomorphic. Stipes not articulated, scaly at the base. Lamina oblong-lanceolate to triangular-pentagonal in outline, 2-4 pinnatifid, hairs on both surfaces, but especially along castae and costules.; veins free, simple or forked. Sori round, on the veins; indusia small, kidney-shaped, spores monolete


Derivation of name:  ktena: comb; alluding to the comb-like appearance of some of the bipinnate species of the genus.

Comment: Megalastrum is sometimes included in Ctenitis, we consider them to be 2 separated genera.

Worldwide: about 150 species, tropics and south temperate areas.



We have 1 taxa in the database for Ctenitis.

  • Ctenitis cirrhosa (Schumach.) Ching


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  • Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta.Flora Zambesiaca, 0: 1-254.