Elaphoglossum - Lomariopsidaceae

Elaphoglossum rhodesianum Schelpe






Common name


Rhizome creeping, c.5 mm in diameter; rhizome scales up to 9 × 2 mm long, pale-brown concolorous, lanceolate, margin subentire, apex pointed. Fronds simple, tufted, erect, thinly coriaceous. Stipe up to 56 cm long on fertile frond, up to 32 cm on the sterile frond, 3 mm in diameter, straw coloured above the articulation, dark-brown below, shiny with scattered narrowly ovate brown scales with slightely fringed margins. Sterile lamina narrowly elliptic to narrowly oblonceolate in outline, apex pointed, base decurrent, 43 × 3.5 cm, glabrous on both surfaces, veins c. 1 mm apart, midrib shallowly sulcate below, convex dorsally. Fertile lamina up to 25 × 1.3 cm, very narrowly linear-elliptic, apex gradually tapering to a point, base long tapering, glabrous.




Deep shade of evergreen forests, growing on continuously wet peaty soils near brooks and in seepage areas.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Dem. Republic of Congo, Zambia.

Growth form



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