Anemia - Anemiaceae

Anemia angolensis Alston

Photo: P. Ballings

Photo: P. Ballings

Photo: P. Ballings






Anemia schimperiana C.Presl var. angustiloba Bonap.
Hemianemia schimperiana (C.Presl) C.F.Reed var. angustiloba (Bonap.) C.F.Reed
Animia simii Tardieu var. angustiloba (Bonap.) Pic.Serm.

Common name


Rhizome horizontal, 6-15 mm in diameter, densely covered with light to red-brown hairs (up to 5 mm long). Fronds tufted, 15-40 cm, subcoriacious. Stipe 5-20 x 0.1-0.2 cm, straw-coloured, with long hairs. Sterile lamina 7-17 × 4-8.5 cm, ovate-deltate to ovate-oblong in outline, bipinnatifid to tripinnatifid; ultimate segments rounded, adnate, minutely shallowly toothed, sparsely hairy on both surfaces, sessile or with short petiolule. Fertile pinnea tripinnatifid, ultimate segments hairy, petiolules up to 5.5 cm. Sporangia in two rows.         


Similar to A. simii but fertile segments hairy.


angolensis: of Angola


Forest slopes and woodland, usually by water, rocky ledges, earthbanks in gullies, termite mounds, steep slopes, especially in shady and cool places.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Angola, Dem. Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania , Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Growth form

Lithophytic, terrestrial.


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