Pteris - Pteridaceae

Pteris camerooniana Kuhn






Pteris manniana Mett. ex Kühn
Pteris jungeri Brause & Hieron.

Common name


Rhizome thick, short creeping; rhizome scales lanceolate, with 2 kinds of cells, the central ones with thick walls, brown, light red, the lateral ones short, thin, clear. Fronds closely spaced, lanceolate-oblong in outline, 20-35 x 10-15 cm, imparipinnate, terminal pinna resembling lateral pinnae, petiolate, often with a gemma at the base. Stipe 20-25 cm, base reddish and with scales, higher up strawcoloured and glabrous. Lamina with 7-15 pair pinnae, basal pinnae often bipinnate, pinnae alternate, spaced, linear-lanceolate in outline, 10-15 x 0.5-1 cm, apex tapering, base attenuate, wedge-shaped, not decurrent on the rhachis, margins enrire, slightly wavy; veins free, often forked at the base.



camerooniana: from Cameroon, where this fern was first found.


Forest, borders of raphia streams in shade.

Distribution worldwide

Africa, Madagascar.

Distribution in Africa

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

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 170.
  • Tardieu-Blot, M.-L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.3.Flore du Cameroun, Pages 155 - 156. (Includes a picture).