Loxogramme - Polypodiaceae

Loxogramme abyssinica (Baker) M.G. Price

Photo: P. Ballings

Photo: P. Ballings

Photo: P. Ballings






Loxogramme lanceolata (Sw.) C. Presl
Polypodium loxogramme Mett.
Gymnogramma abyssinica Baker
Polypodium suberosum (H.Christ)C.Chr.

Common name


Rhizome widely creeping, slender, 1-2 mm in diameter, roots with short brown hairs; rhizome scales dark brown, narrowly lanceolate, 1-3 mm long, hairpointed. Fronds spaced apart, simple, thickly coraceous. Stipe a narrow winged extension of the lamina. Lamina up to 42 × 3.8 cm, glabrous on both surfaces, elliptic in outline, apex pointed, base tapering, margins entire, midrib sunken, veins obscure. Sori elongated, linear, 6-30 × c.2 mm, set at an angle of c. 15% to the midrib, exindusiate, without paraphyses.



abyssinica: of Abyssinia; former name of Ethiopia, from where this fern was first described.


Epiphyte or lithophyte in evergreen or semi-deciduous forest, deep shade

Distribution worldwide

Africa, comoro islands, Madagascar and Mascarene islands.

Distribution in Africa

Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Dem. Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko), Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan and South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania , Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Growth form

Epiphytic, lithophytic.


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