Elaphoglossum - Lomariopsidaceae

Elaphoglossum spathulatum (Bory) T.Moore var. uluguruense (Reimers) Schelpe






Elaphoglossum uluguruense Reimers

Common name


See Elaphoglossum spathulatum var. spathulatum. Stipe of sterile fronds 1.4-2.4 cm long, of fertile fronds 4.6-4.85 cm. Sterile lamina 2-4.5 × 0.3-0.9 cm. Fertile lamina 1.1-2 × 0.45-0.85 cm.


From F.T.E.A.: There is much variation in E. spathulatum and it is questionable whether var. uluguruense should be distinguished as a distinct taxon. J. Burrows (1990) and Jacobsen (1983) lumped var. uluguruense under E. spathulatum.



Distribution worldwide

Africa, Madagascar, Réunion.

Distribution in Africa

Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania , Zimbabwe.

Growth form

Lithophytic, terrestrial.


  • Mickel, J.T. (2002) Lomariopsidaceae.Flora of Tropical East Africa, Pages 23 - 24. (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 132.