Hymenophyllum - Hymenophyllaceae

Hymenophyllum peltatum (Poir.) Desv.






Trichomanes peltatum Poir.

Common name


Rhizome creeping, thin, glabrous or nearly so. Fronds spaced 15 cm apart, erect. Stipe 7–30 mm long, glabrous, not winged or winged near apex. Lamina narrowly lanceolate-oblong in outline, 2.5–10 x 1–2.1 cm, 2-pinnatifid; pinnae strongly developed acroscopically; ultimate segments linear, to 1.3 mm wide, rounded, margin serrate; glabrous on both surfaces. Sori usually 1 per pinna, on the innermost acroscopic lobe, 1.8–2 mm long, 1.5–1.7 mm in diameter; valves entire, glabrous.




Moist forest, dense giant heath forest.

Distribution worldwide

Africa, Madagascar, widespread in temperate zones.

Distribution in Africa

Dem. Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania , Uganda.

Growth form



  • Beentje, H.J. (2008) Hymenophyllaceae. Flora of Tropical East Africa, Pages 6 - 8. (Includes a picture).
  • 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 46.