Actiniopteris - Pteridaceae

Actiniopteris pauciloba Pic.Serm.






Actiniopteris kornasii Medw.-Kornas
Actiniopteris australis sensu Carruth.
Actiniopteris pauciloba Pic.Serm. var. stricta Medw.-Kornas

Common name


Rhizome creeping; rhizome scales linear, entire, black, sometimes with pale margin, up to 4.5 mm long. Stipe strawcoloured, brown to black at the base, glabrous. Fronds densely tufted, erect, dimorphic, differing only in size and stipe length not in shape and degree of lamina dissection. Sterile frond: stipe 2.5-12 cm; lamina pseudo-palmate, 4.5 cm long and 8 cm wide, dichotomously divided into 8-13 narrow linear segments, segments apices finely toothed. Fertile frond: stipe 9-26 cm long; lamina pseudo-palmate, 5 cm long and 10 cm wide, dividing dichotomously into 8-16 linear segments, segment ending in a point. Sori in submarginal lines; indusium continuous.


Can be distinguished from other species by having fewer and more widely spread segments on the sterile fronds; the dried fronds also remain erect and not deflexed at right angles to the stipe.


pauciloba: with few lobes; refers to the small number of pinnae segments in comparison with other species of the genus.


In light shade in rocky areas and in Brachystegia woodland.

Distribution worldwide

Angola, DRC, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Distribution in Africa

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

Growth form

Lithophytic, terrestrial.


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