Elaphoglossum - Lomariopsidaceae

Elaphoglossum marojejyense Tardieu






Common name


Rhizome widely creeping, c. 1-2 mm in diameter; rhizome scales dark brown, subentire, narrowly ovate to ovate-oblong. Fronds spaced apart, erect, coriaceous, simple, dimorphous. Stipe up to 6 cm long, brown when dry, glabrous except for a few brown scales. Sterile lamina up to 2.5 × 7 cm, oblong-elliptic to obovate or spathulate in outline, apex pointed to rounded, base broadly to narrowly wedge-shaped, glabrous above, with few minute scales below. Fertile lamina smaller than sterile lamina, up to 1.4 × 0.6 cm, oblong-elliptic to broadly elliptic in outline, glabrous above, sori covering the whole undersurface of the lamina.



marojejyense: named after Marojejy mountain massif in Madagascar where this species was first collected.


Among moss in boulders and rock crevices in deep shade on high altitude mountain peaks.

Distribution worldwide

Zimbabwe, Madagascar

Distribution in Africa


Growth form



  • Burrows, J.E. (1990) Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 281 - 282. (Includes a picture).
  • Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983) The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 413 - 416. Note with E. acrostichoides.
  • Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta.Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report, 13 Page 149.
  • Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta.Flora Zambesiaca, 0 Pages 210 - 211.