Tectaria - Tectariaceae

Tectaria fernandensis (Baker) C.Chr.

Photo: C. Jongkind

Photo: C. Jongkind

Photo: C. Jongkind






Polypodium fernandense Bak.

Common name


Rhizome erect, short. Fronds monomorphic, tufted, subcoriaceous, with proliferating buds. Stipe 45-55 cm long, greyish streaked or reddish, grooved, base set with large light brown lancéolate scales . Lamina 2-pinnatifid with long pinnatifid terminal segment, 45-60 × 20-30 cm, with a proliferating bud on the lower or on both surfaces; lower pinnae deltoid in outline, apex tapering to a sharp point, 15-20 x 12-14 cm, basiscopicaly developted, petiolate, spaced; apical segment deltoid in outline, apex pointed, lobed; rhachis winged at the top; lower surface with short hairs; veins anastomosing, veinlets not included, areoles alongated. Sori at the end of a vein; indusiate.




On rocky ground, in forest.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Cameroon, Dem. Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko), Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Togo.

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 291 - 292.
  • Thardieu-Blot, M.L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.8.Flore du Gabon, Pages 176 - 177.