Woodsia - Woodsiaceae

Woodsia burgessiana Gerr. ex Hook & Baker






Woodsia montividensis (Spreng.) Hieron var. var. burgessiana (Gerr. ex Hook. & Baker) Schelpe

Common name


The occurence of this species in Zimbabwe is based on herbarium specimens at SRGH under this name (Mapaura & Timberlake, 2004; Roux 2009). However other literature (Crouch et all., 2011; Burrows, 1990; Jacobsen, 1983) do not mention Zimbabwe as part of the distribution area. Herbarium specimens need to be checked and confirmed.




Distribution worldwide

Lesotho, Madagascar, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Distribution in Africa

Lesotho, South Africa, Zimbabwe.

Growth form

Lithophytic, terrestrial.


  • Burrows, J.E. (1990) Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 297 - 298. As W. montevidensis var. burgessiana (Includes a picture).
  • Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011) Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide. Struik Nature. Pages 708 - 709. (Includes a picture).
  • Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983) The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 430 - 432. As W. montevidensis var. burgessiana (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 220.
  • Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report, 13 Page 140. As W. montividensis (Includes a picture).