Elaphoglossum - Lomariopsidaceae

Elaphoglossum lancifolium (Desv.) C.V. Morton

Photo: P. Ballings

Photo: JE. Burrows






Elaphoglossum petiolatum (Sw.) Urb. subsp. salicifolium (Willd. ex Kaulf.) Schelpe
Acrostichum lancifolium Desv.
Acrostichum salicifolium Willd. ex Kaulf.
Elaphoglossum lineare sensu Sim
Elaphoglossum salicifolium (Willd. ex Kaulf.) Alston
Elaphoglossum convolutum Chiov.

Common name


Rhizome creeping, c. 5 mm thick; rhizome scales dark brown, entire, attenuate. Fronds closely spaced to tufted, erect or arching, herbaceous to thinly coracious, simple, dimorphous. Sterile frond: stipe 8-13 cm long, stramineous to pale brown, articulated, at first densely covered with brown, ciliate, narrowly lanceolate scales; lamina up to 12-28 × 0.9-1.8 cm, linear-lanceolate in outline, apex pointed, base shortly tapering, margin inrolled, thinly covered on both surfaces with long, ciliate, deciduous scales, and some more persistent scales along the upper surface of the midrib. Fertile frond: stipe as for sterile but 9-20 cm long; lamina up to 18 × 0.6 cm, linear, apex pointed, base wedge-shaped, sporangia covering the whole undersurface of the lamina.


The ciliate scales on the lamina and stipe differentiate this species from E. acrostichoides.



Shade of low-altitude riverine forest or woodland.

Distribution worldwide

Africa, Seychelles, Comoro isl., Mauritius, Réunion, São Tomé and Madagascar.

Distribution in Africa

Cameroon, Dem. Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko), Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania , Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Growth form

Epiphytic, lithophytic.


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