Humata - Davalliaceae

Humata repens (L.f.) Diels






Adiantum repens L.f.
Davallia repens (L.f.) Kuhn
Humata pedata (Sm.) J.Sm.
Davallia pedata Sm.

Common name


Rhizome long creeping; rhizome scales peltate, darker in the center, with clear extensions. Fronds spaced apart, coriaceous. Stipe 3-7 cm long, with scales at the base. Lamina 15-20 cm long, as wide as long, deltoid in outline, divided almost to the rhachis. Pinnae linear-oblong in outline, apex rounded, margins scalloped; veins thick, pinnate. Sori submarginal.




Wet forest.

Distribution worldwide

Africa, tropical Asia, australia, China, Comoro Isl., Japan, Madagascar, Mauritius, Principe, Réunion, Sao Tomé, Seychelles.

Distribution in Africa

Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko), Gabon.

Growth form

Lithophytic, terrestrial.


  • 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 107.
  • Tardieu-Blot, M.-L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.3. Flore du Cameroun, Pages 120 - 121. (Includes a picture).
  • Thardieu-Blot, M.L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.8. Flore du Gabon, Page 92.