Pteris - Pteridaceae

Pteris repens C.Chr.






Afropteris repens (C.Chr.) Alston
Pteris nitida Mett. ex Kuhn.

Common name


Rhizome long creeping, rhizome scales lanceolate in outline, deciduous, without pseudo-vein, cells all resembling, thin-walled, light bright yellow in colour. Frond monomorphic, spaced. Stipe 15-20 cm long, dark at the base, streaked above, grooved, smooth, without hairs. Lamina tripinnate-quadrapinnatifid, deltoid in outline, pentagonal, 20-25 cm long; pinnae alternate, petiolate; pinnules deltoid in outline, apex rounded, petiolate, alternate, the longest reaching 5 cm; ultimate segments oblong in outline, apex rounded, lobed; rhachis naked; veins pinnate in the lobes. Sori occupy about half the length of the leaf blade.




Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Angola, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko), Gabon, Nigeria, Sudan and South Sudan.

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 175.
  • Tardieu-Blot, M.-L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.3.Flore du Cameroun, Pages 172 - 174. (Includes a picture).
  • Thardieu-Blot, M.L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.8.Flore du Gabon, Pages 118 - 119. As Afropteris repens (C.Chr.) Alston (Includes a picture).