Anemia - Anemiaceae

Anemia schimperiana C. Presl.






Anemia aethiopica Pic.Serm.
Anemia tomentosa (Sav.)Sw. var. schimperiana (C.Presl) T.Moore

Common name


Rhizome horizontal, up to 1.5 cm thick, densely covered with long orange or ferruginous hairs. Fronds tufted, 15–30 cm long about 1/3–1/2 of which is stipe. Stipe (4–)5–10(–15) cm long, (1–)1.5–2 mm diameter, slightly to distinctly flattened, hairy. Sterile lamina ovate-triangular in outline, 6–16 cm long, 7–12 cm wide, bipinnate or bipinnatifid to tripinnatifid near base and bipinnatifid at apex, hairy; pinnae with 7–9 pairs of pinnules, the segments ovate to ovate-oblong in outline, adnate. Fertile pinnae erect, slightly longer than the sterile lamina; petiolules 3.5–5 cm long, the pinnae 5 mm long; segments glabrous to sparsely hairy; rachis hairy.



schimper: named after Schimper, but then there are several Schimpers that show up in the botanical literature. See "The Eponym Dictionary of Southern African Plants"


steep limestone slopes and grassy rocky places in bushland and woodland.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution

Distribution in Africa

Dem. Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan.

Growth form



  • 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 51.
  • Verdcourt, B. (2000) Schizaeaceae.Flora of Tropical East Africa, Pages 4 - 6.