Lomariopsis - Lomariopsidaceae

Lomariopsis palustris (Hook.) Mett. ex Kuhn






Acrostichum palustre Hook.
Elaphoglossum palustre (Hook.)J.Sm.
Stenochlaena elaphoglossoides C.Chr.

Common name


Rhizome climbing; rhizome scales brownish red, lanceolate in outline, peltate at the base, margins entire, cells elongated, thin-walled, reddish. Fronds simple, dimorphic, subcoracious. Sterile frond 25-30 x 2-4 cm, lanceolate, stipe winged. Sterile lamina lanceolate in outline, narrowed at the base, apex pointed, margins entire, wavy; costa raised on the underside; veins visible, simple or forked at the base; lower surface of the lamina glabrous or with few scattered small scales. Fertile frond, petiolate, longer than the sterile, narrowly linear in outline, entirely covered on the underside by the sporangia.



palustris : marshy or swampy, referring to the habitat of this species.


Marshy areas, forest margin.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Angola, Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone.

Growth form

Climbing, epiphytic, lithophytic.


  • 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 146.
  • Tardieu-Blot, M.-L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.3.Flore du Cameroun, Page 309. (Includes a picture).
  • Thardieu-Blot, M.L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.8.Flore du Gabon, Pages 179 - 180. (Includes a picture).