Microlepia - Dennstaedtiaceae

Microlepia strigosa (Thunb. ex Murray) C. Presl






Microlepia setosa (Sm.) Alston
Trichomanes strigosum Thunb.

Common name


Plant 30-80 cm, fronds erect or arching, lacy in appearance; fronds form symmetrical rosettes with old fronds flat on the ground and new fronds forming a narrow circle of leaves. Lamina 2-3 pinnate, glossy, dark green, slightly hairy. Veins on the abaxial surface of the pinnules distinctly raised.


Introduced into Zimbabwe.


strigosa: strigose or with stiff appressed hairs, referring to the leaf surface.


Terrestrial in semi-protected situations.

Distribution worldwide

Native to SE Asia and Hawaii.

Distribution in Africa


Growth form



  • Jones, David L. (1987) Encyclopaedia of Ferns. Thomas C. Lothian PTY LTD. Pages 333 - 334. (Includes a picture).
  • Roux, J.P. (2009) Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands. Strelitzia 23, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria. Page 112. Naturalised in Zimbabwe
  • Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta.Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report, 13 Page 89. Introduced in Zimbabwe
  • Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta.Flora Zambesiaca, 0 Page 89. Mentoined as escaping in the Umtali Distr. (Mutare)