Pyrrosia - Polypodiaceae

Pyrrosia liebuschii (Hieron.) Schelpe






Cyclophorus liebuschii Hieron.
Niphobolus liebuschii (Hieron.) Peter
Pyrrosia liebuschii (Hieron.) Schelpe

Common name


Rhizome creeping, 1–1.8 mm thick; rhizome scales ovate-lanceolate in outline, entire, 2.1–3.5 x 0.9–1.3 mm. Fronds simple, closely spaced (2-5 mm). Stipe 1–5 mm long, more or less tomentose but becoming hairless. Lamina linear in outline, usually terete due to inrolling, 2–15.5(–21) x 1–2(–4) mm, apex pointed, base narrowly tapering; covered with grey, uniform stellate hairs 0.3–0.5 mm diameter with short flattened arms; hydathodes appearing as white dots in a single row along the margin of the upper surface of the frond. Sori all over or confined to upper 2/3 of the frond, emerging from the haircover at maturity.




Rain-forest, mostly open parts.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Tanzania .

Growth form

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 165.
  • Verdcourt, B. (2001) Polypodiaceae.Flora of Tropical East Africa, Pages 8 - 9.