Lellingeria - Polypodiaceae

Lellingeria paucipinnata Parris






Common name


Rhizome short-creeping. Fronds simple to pinnate, very closely spaced, stipes ± 0.1 mm apart in each row. Stipe 5–6 mm long with hairs. Lamina linear-oblanceolate to linear-elliptic in outline, ± 4 x 0.2–0.3 cm, apex bluntly pointed to rounded, base long-attenuate, pinnate at base or basal 1/3 divided to a distance 0.1– 0.2 mm from the midrib, apical 2/3 ± entire, pinnae 1–3 pairs and 3–5 pairs of apical lobes, longest pinnae ± 1 x 1–2 mm, broadly triangular in outline, bluntly pointed to rounded, with hairs sparse to scattered on both surfaces of lamina and rhachis; lateral veins simple, free, each vein ending marked by an elongate hydathode on upper surface of lamina. Sori in ± entire apical 2/3 of lamina, not on pinnae, 18 in each row.




Epiphyte in ericaceous zone, or on boulders in stream bed, growing with bryopytes.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Tanzania .

Growth form

Epiphytic, lithophytic.


  • Parris, B.S. (2005) Grammitidaceae.Flora of Tropical East Africa, Pages 9 - 10. (Includes a picture).
  • 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 156.