Lomariopsis - Lomariopsidaceae

Lomariopsis guineensis (Underw.) Alston

Photo: BT. Wursten
Dem. Republic of Congo

Photo: C. Jongkind

Photo: C. Jongkind

Photo: C. Jongkind






Stenochlaena guinensis Underw.

Common name


Rhizome climbing; rhizome scales matt, peltate at the base, margins with extensions, cells with red walls, very narrow, clear. Young sterile fronds simple, lanceolate in outline, c. 10 cm long or trifoliate. Adult fronds imparipinnate. Stipe strawcoloured, 15 cm long, with scales at the base, grooved. Lamina subcoriaceous, pinnate. Pinnae 7-9 pairs, 10 x 3-3.5 cm, alternate, articulated (lower pinnae), elliptic in outline, base closely wedge-shaped, apex abruptly mucronate, caudate; veins simple or forked. Rhachis grooved, not winged. Fertile pinnae shortly petiolate, apex abruptly ending in a sterile, long tail-like tip, c. 5 mm long.



guineensis: from Guinea.



Distribution worldwide

Africa, Principe, Sao tomé.

Distribution in Africa

Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Dem. Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko), Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan and South Sudan, Togo.

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 145.
  • Tardieu-Blot, M.-L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.3. Flore du Cameroun, Pages 309 - 310. (Includes a picture).
  • Thardieu-Blot, M.L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.8. Flore du Gabon, Page 180. (Includes a picture).