Arthropteris J. Sm.


Description of the genus

Rhizome creeping; rhizome scales brown, peltate. Stipe articulated. Fronds spaced apart, pinnate to 2-pinnatifid, without proliferating buds; pinnae articulated to the rhachis; veins free with or without hydathodes. Sori circular, terminal on the veins; indusium kidney-shaped, entire.


Derivation of name:  arthros: joint, pteris: fern; referring to the not always easily detectable articulation of the stipes.

Worldwide: 12-15 species, mainly in the Old World tropics



We have 6 taxa in the database for Arthropteris.

  • Arthropteris antun-gupffertiae Lawalrée
  • Arthropteris cameroonensis Alston
  • Arthropteris charletiana Lawalrée
  • Arthropteris monocarpa (Cordem.) C. Chr.
  • Arthropteris orientalis (J.F.Gmel.) Posth.
  • Arthropteris palisotii (Desv.) Alston


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