Elaphoglossum - Lomariopsidaceae

Elaphoglossum barteri (Baker) C.Chr.






Acrostichum barteri Baker

Common name


Rhizome short, erect; rhizome scales lanceolate in outline, base peltate, margin entire, cells with slightly thickened walls, clear lumen. Fronds dimorphic, tufted, texture thick. Stipe of sterile fronds 2-5 cm, of fertile fronds 10-12 cm, grooved, smooth, straw-coloured. Lamina simple, ovate-lanceolate in outline, apex rounded, base gradually narrowed, margin entire, smooth, thick, recurved, surfaces naked, sterile lamina 9-12 x 2-4 cm, fertile lamina 5-6 x 1.5 cm; costa slightly raised on the underside, hollow on the upper surface; veins simple or forked, little visible. Sori covering the whole undersurface of the fertile frond.




Forest, altitude c. 1310 m.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko), 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 126.
  • Tardieu-Blot, M.-L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.3.Flore du Cameroun, Pages 298 - 300. (Includes a picture).