Tectaria - Tectariaceae

Tectaria barteri (J.Sm.) C.Chr.






Aspidium barteri J.Sm.
Nephrodium barteri (J.Sm.) Baker

Common name


Fronds monomorphic, subcoriaceous. Stipe 45 cm long, strawcoloured, greyish at the base, with a few light brown scales. Lamina pinnate , lanceolate in outline, 30 x 20-25 cm; pinnae 2-3 pairs, oval in outline, apex sharply tapered, caudate, base wedge-shaped, margin entire, 10-12 x 3-4 cm, making an angle of 50-60° with the rhachis; apical pinna oval-oblong in outline, 15 x 6-7 cm, slightly decurrent; rhachis smooth, straw-coloured; lateral veins prominent, veinlets forming irregular areols with included veinlets. Sori small, situated at the end of a short veinlet, forming 2 regular lines in between the lateral veins; indusium mostly obsolete. and an apical pinna resembling the laterale ones, ovale-oblong in outline




Rocky forest, c. 245m.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Cameroon, 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 194.
  • Tardieu-Blot, M.-L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.3.Flore du Cameroun, Pages 288 - 289.