Cyclosorus - Thelypteridaceae

Cyclosorus tottus (Thunb.) Pic.Serm.






Common name


Recently combined with C. interruptus from which it is very difficult to distinguish.
C. tottus has very ferm pinnae that are quite hairless and eglandular beneath. C. interruptus has usually thinner pinnae that are variously hairy and glandular beneath.




Distribution worldwide

Distribution in Africa

Burundi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania .

Growth form



  • Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011) Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide. Struik Nature. Pages 674 - 675. As Cyclosorus interruptus (Willd.) H. Itô (Includes a picture).
  • 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 205.
  • Verdcourt, B (2006) Thelypteridaceae.Flora of Tropical East Africa, Pages 26 - 27. As Cyclosorus interruptus (Willd.) H. Ito var. interruptus (Includes a picture).