Bolbitis - Lomariopsidaceae

Bolbitis salicina (Hook.) Ching

Photo: C. Jongkind






Acrostichum salicinum Hook.
Campium salicinum (Hook.) Copel.
Leptochilus salicinus (Hook.) C.Chr.

Common name


Rhizome shortly creeping; rhizome scales lanceolate in outline, notched at the base, cells dark-walled. Fronds subcoracious, closely spaced. Stipe strawcoloured, grooved, naked, 8-14 cm long. Lamina lanceolate in outline, 18-20 x 10 cm, pinnate. Terminale pinnae resembling laterale ones, sometimes proliferous at the apex, decurrent on the rhachis closely winged at its extreme top. Laterale pinnae 7-17 alternating pairs, linear-lanceolate in outline, 7-8 x 0.5-1 cm, apex long tapering, base symmetrical, oblique; veins forming one or two rows of areoles in addition to the costal areoles. Fertile fronds of the same size as the sterile fronds, pinnae with long petioles.




Forest, exposed rocks.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Cameroon, Congo, Dem. Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko), Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, 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 116.
  • Tardieu-Blot, M.-L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.3.Flore du Cameroun, Page 321. Does not include description, drawing only (Includes a picture).
  • Thardieu-Blot, M.L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.8.Flore du Gabon, Page 189.