Oleandra Cav.

Photo: P. Ballings


Description of the genus

Rhizome long, creeping, laterally branched with brown, alternate, peltate rhizome-scales. Stipe articulated onto phyllopods (a short scaly base). Fronds simple, entire, uniform, widely spaced; veins free, parallel. Sori superficial on the veins, in a row on each side of the midrib near the costae; indusium kidney-shaped, opening outwards, homosporous.


Derivation of name:  Oleandra: the leaves vagely look like the leaves of oleander (Nerium oleander).

Worldwide: c. 40 species, pantropical distribution



We have 3 taxa in the database for Oleandra.

  • Oleandra annetii Tardieu
  • Oleandra distenta Kunze
  • Oleandra ejurana C.D.Adams


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