Blotiella - Dennstaedtiaceae

Blotiella reducta (C.Chr.) R.M.Tryon

Photo: C. Jongkind






Lonchitis reducta C.Chr.

Common name


Rhizome erect, covered with red hairs. Fronds monomorphic, tufted, covered with soft, whitish hairs. Stipe 10 to 15 cm, streaked, thin, covered with long whitish hairs, soft, erect. Lamina pinnate, pinnatifid at the apex, oval in outline, 25 x 15 cm; pinnae 5-6 pairs, lanceolate, opposite, spaced about 5 cm apart, the lower ones slightly reduced, sessile or very shortly stalked, base truncate or subcordate, acute, margins lobed, with rounded lobes, entire, upper pinnae confluent, adnate; veins copiously anastomosed, forming several rows of areolas between the rib and the margin. Sori short, located at the bottom of the sinuses.




Under rocks, and in wet and humid places in forest undergrowth.

Distribution worldwide

Africa, Madagascar.

Distribution in Africa

Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko), Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone.

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 109.
  • Thardieu-Blot, M.L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.8.Flore du Gabon, Pages 75 - 76. As Lonchitis reducta