Tectaria - Tectariaceae

Tectaria magnifica (Bonap.) C.Chr.






Aspidium magnificum Bonap.

Common name


Rhizome sloping; rhizome scales long, narrow lanceolate in outline, margin wavy, brown black. Stipe 0.6 to 1m long, brown grey, mat, with scales similar to the rhizome scales at the base, smooth higher up, except for the groove that has a short red tomentum. Lamina 2-pinnatifid, triangular in outline, 1 x 0.6-0.7 m; basal pinnae petiolate, basiscopically developed, to 50 cm long, pinnules lobed, first 2 pairs of pinnules free, others united by a wing of c. 1 cm; middle pinnae sessile, divided almost to the costa, pinnules narrow, long tapering, first 2-3 pairs of pinnules free, others adnate; surfaces smooth; veins forming areols, the costal ones more allongated. Sori situated where two veins meet; indusium big, peltate, black.




Semi-deciduous forest of Celtis and Sterculiaceae, borders of rivers, in light.

Distribution worldwide

Africa, Madagascar.

Distribution in Africa

Cameroon, Ivory Coast.

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.
  • Tardieu-Blot, M.-L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.3.Flore du Cameroun, Pages 292 - 293.