Didymoglossum - Hymenophyllaceae

Didymoglossum reptans (Sw.) C.Presl.

Photo: JE. Burrows
South Africa

Photo: JE. Burrows
South Africa






Trichomanes reptans Sw.

Common name


Rhizome creeping, with dark brown linear-lanceolate hairs to 1 mm long. Fronds spaced 0.3–2 cm apart. Stipe 1–7 mm long, with hairs as on the rhizome. Lamina oblong to narrowly obovate, 1–5.5 x 0.4–2.6 cm, very irregularly pinnatifid, margin sparsely set with pairs of stiff dark brown hairs to 0.6 mm; marginal vein absent. Sori at lobe apices of distal lobes; indusium narrowly obconical, 2–3.3 mm long, 0.6–1 mm in diameter, not or hardly winged, lips flared and to 6 mm long and 13 mm wide, not or hardly flanked by the lamina.



reptans: creeping, most species of Didymoglossum are creeping.


Moist forest along streams, base of tree-trunks, mossy boulders on comparatively dry forest floor..

Distribution worldwide

Africa, Madagascar, Central and South America.

Distribution in Africa

South Africa, Tanzania .

Growth form

Epiphytic, lithophytic.


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