Cheilanthes - Sinopteridaceae

Cheilanthes induta Kunze






Common name


Rhizome creeping, 3-8 mm in diameter; rhizome scales up to 3 mm long, pale brown with a dark central stripe, margin serrulate. Fronds monomorphic, closely spaced, erect, coriaceous. Stipe 3.5-21 cm long, rather twisted and wavy, stout, dark brown to almost black, set with pale reddish brown hair-like scales 0.5-5 mm long when young, becoming subglabrous with age. Lamina 2-pinnate to 4-pinnatifid, lanceolate to ovate-triangular in outline, 3.5-25 x 1.2-8 cm; pinnules 6-7 pairs, oblong in outline, c. 1.2 x 0.3-0.4 cm, variously pinnatifid into about 4 pairs of small rounded lobes, upper surface glabrous, lower surface densely to sparsely set with long reddish brown hairlike scales; rhachis and secondary rhachises dark brown, with pale reddish brown, hair-like scales. Sori small, marginal but covered by the inrolled margins and the indumentum; indusium discontinuous, subentire.



induta: clothed, covered; referring to the hairiness of the underside of the lamina.


Base of boulders on rocky hillsides or on cliff faces, among grasses or restios on dolerite or sandstone.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

South Africa.

Growth form

Lithophytic, terrestrial.


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