Tectaria - Tectariaceae

Tectaria macrodonta (Fée) C.Chr.






Tectaria coadunata (J.Sm.) C.Chr.
Sagenia macrodonta Fée
Sagenia coadunata Wall. ex J.Sm.

Common name


Rhizome erect, to 20 cm high. Fronds dimorphic, tufted, to 1.5 m long, subcoriaceous. Stipe to 70 cm long, straw-coloured, later mahogany-coloured, base with dark brown ovate scales 1–10 x 0.4–2 mm, with paler margins. Lamina mid- to dark green, with some hairs near margin; sterile lamina deltoid in outline, to 68 x 64 cm, the fertile lamina almost lanceolate above the wide basal pinnae, 50–108 x 43–84 cm, 3-pinnatisect; pinnae in 6–8 pairs, the lowermost to 42 x27 cm and longest, with stalks of 1.5–3 cm, others much shorter and gradually adnate to rhachis by basiscopic half; basal pinnules largest, to 16 cm, with basiscopic part of pinna broader, basal few pinnules free, other pinnules joined by a continuous wing; ± straight free veinlets in central areoles, absent along costae. sori almost marginal, 1–2 mm in diameter; indusium round, persistent, sometimes fan-shaped.




Moist forest.

Distribution worldwide

Africa, SW China, NE India, Thailand, Malaysia.

Distribution in Africa

Kenya, Tanzania , Uganda.

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 195.
  • Roux, J.P.; Shaffer-Fehre, M. & Verdcourt, B. (2007) Dryopteridaceae.Flora of Tropical East Africa, Pages 2 - 4. As Tectaria coadunata (J.Sm.) C.Chr. (Includes a picture).