Elaphoglossum - Lomariopsidaceae

Elaphoglossum cinnamomeum (Baker) Diels






Acrostichum cinnamomeum Baker
Acrostichum clarenceanum Baker
Acrostichum mannianum Mett.
Elaphoglossum clarenceanum (Baker) C.Chr.
Elaphoglossum mannianum Christ

Common name


Rhizome short; rhizome scales big, pale, base straight, margin scalloped, cells thin-walled, pale colorless lumen. Fronds dimorphic, tufted, texture thick. Stipe much longer than the lamina, completely covered in long, pale slender scales; stipe of fertile frond much longer. Lamina simple, sterile lamina lanceolate or oblong in outline, apex short tapered, base wedge-shaped, 7-10 x 2-4 cm; margin, costa, veins and surfaces underside with brown red scales, base broad, sharply narrowed into a long tapering apex, upper surfaces with a few deciduous scales; veins little visible; fertile lamina smaller and obtuse. Sori covering the whole undersurface of the fertile frond.




On trees, 1000-2000 m altitude.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko), Liberia.

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 127.
  • Tardieu-Blot, M.-L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.3.Flore du Cameroun, Pages 304 - 305. (Includes a picture).