Adiantum - Adiantaceae

Adiantum vogelii Mett. ex Keyserl.

Photo: BT. Wursten
Dem. Republic of Congo

Photo: BT. Wursten
Dem. Republic of Congo

Photo: BT. Wursten
Dem. Republic of Congo






Adiantum tetraphyllum Willd. var. obtusum Mett. ex Kuhn
Adiantum tetraphyllum Willd. var. vogelii (Mett. ex Keyserl.) Mett. ex De Willd.

Common name


Rhizome long creeping; rhizome scales black, hairlike, 2-3 mm long. Frond monomorphic, closely spaced, regularly bipinnate with alternate branches, 20-60 cm long. Stipe usually angular, 5-25 cm long, dark brown, hairy. Lamina bipinnate; pinnae 2-4 pair lateral resembling the terminal, linear in outline, alternate, 8-10 x 2-3cm; pinnules rhomboid to subrectangular in outline, upper and outer margin toothed, lower margin entire, 5-15(-25) x 5(-12) mm, hairless; stalklets 0,5-1 mm long; rhachis not winged, hairy; veins simple or forked. Sori more or less curved, 1.5-3 mm wide.


A. vogelii is regurlarly bipinnate!


vogelii: named after J.R.T. Vogel (1812-1841), German explorer, botanist and plant collector. He was one of many to die on the Niger Expedition in 1941.


Sandy banks by forest rivulets, cave walls.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Dem. Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko), Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania , Togo, Uganda.

Growth form



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