Lastreopsis - Dryopteridaceae

Lastreopsis vogelii (Hook.) Tindale






Polypodium vogelii Hook.
Phegopteris vogelii (Hook.) Kuhn
Dryopteris subcoriacea C.Chr.
Ctenitis subcoriacea (C.Chr.) Alston

Common name


Rhizome ascending; rhizome scales linear in outline, to 10 x 0.5 mm with long marginal processes. Fronds tufted, gemmiferous, thickly herbaceous. Stipe light brown to straw coloured, to 65 cm long, hairless, with a few scales near the base and in the grooves on the upper surface. Lamina dark green, pentagonal in outline, to 145 x 100 cm, 3-pinnate to 4-pinnatifid, upper surface hairless, lower surface covered in stout white hairs and tiny glands. Pinnae with the lowermost pair much enlarged and basiscopically developed, 30–52 x 25–30 cm. Ultimate segments oblique, narrowly oblong in outline, apex pointed to rounded; veins free, not reaching margin, with few stiff, spreading hairs on lower surface. Rhachis winged near apex, straw coloured; pinna rhachis hairy on upper surface, hairless on lower surface; costae with short brownish appressed hairs. Sori rounded, 1–1.8 mm in diameter, exindusiate.



vogelii: named after either one of the brothers Vogel, Julius Rudolph Theodor Vogel or Eduard Vogel.


Riverine and swamp forest.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Cameroon, Congo, Dem. Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko), Gabon, Nigeria, Uganda.

Growth form



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  • Roux, J.P.; Shaffer-Fehre, M. & Verdcourt, B. (2007) Dryopteridaceae.Flora of Tropical East Africa, Pages 13 - 15. (Includes a picture).
  • Tardieu-Blot, M.-L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.3.Flore du Cameroun, Pages 282 - 284. (Includes a picture).
  • Thardieu-Blot, M.L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.8.Flore du Gabon, Pages 168 - 170. (Includes a picture).