Arthropteris - Tectariaceae

Arthropteris palisotii (Desv.) Alston






Aspidium palisotii Desv.
Aspidium ramosum P.Beauv.
Nephrolepis ramosa (P.Beauv.) T.Moore
Arthropteris ramosa (P.Beauv.) Mett.
Adiantum sublobatum Schumach.

Common name


Rhizome climbing to 3-4 m or scrambling around trunks; rhizome-scales narrow, deciduous, made up of thick-walled cells, some long fine outgrowths also present. Fronds widely spaced. Stipe absent or 0.5–1,5 cm long, articulated just above its insertion to the rhizome. Lamina pinnate, ovate-lanceolate in outline, 18–35 x 5–8 cm, pinnate; sterile pinnae 3.5 x 1 cm, alternate, sessile, articulate, obtusely trapezoidal in outline, unequal at the base, margin entire or slightly wavy, hairless; fertile pinnae elongate, narrower, slightly lobed; rhachis and base of the costa with short ferruginous hairs; nerves simple or forked. Sori kidney-shaped, terminal on the nerves, submarginal; indusium dark.



palisotii: named after A.M.F.J. Palisot, Baron de Beauvois (1752-1820), a French naturalist; originally trained as a lawyer, he pursued postgraduate studies in botany in Lille and in Paris.


Floor of dense rain forest and swamp forest, epiphyte on trees.

Distribution worldwide

Africa, Java, Madagascar, Oceania and Sri Lanka.

Distribution in Africa

Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Dem. Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko), Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania , Uganda.

Growth form

Epiphytic, terrestrial.


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