Cosentinia - Sinopteridaceae

Cosentinia vellea (Aiton) Tod. ssp. vellea






Acrostichum velleum Aiton
Cheilanthes vellea (Aiton) F.Muell.

Common name


Rhizome erect or shortly creeping; rhizome scales narrow, c 1 x c 0.5 mm, red-brown. Fronds monomorphic, densely tufted, 10-15 x 2-3.5 cm, stiff. Stipe 1-3 cm long, pale brown, densely set with hairs, but these may rub off. Lamina 2-pinnate, narrowly lanceolate in outline, 6-10 cm long, dark green, but the colour may be blurred by the dens long whitish to yellowish hairs on both surfaces; pinnae in 10-18 pairs, oblong or lanceolate in outline, 1-2 x 0.8-l cm, margin with deep blunt teeth to pinnatifid; ultimate lobes rounded to oblong in outline, 1-2 x 0.5-1 mm; venation obscure. Sori along the veins, covered by the dens hairs and therefor hardly visible; indusium ?




Shaded rocks, probably on limestone.

Distribution worldwide

Africa, Southern Europe, Turkey, Middle East to western Himalaya.

Distribution in Africa

Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Morocco and Western Sahara, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, Tunesia.

Growth form



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  • Roux, J.P. (2009) Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands. Strelitzia 23, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria. Pages 186 - 187.