Elaphoglossum - Lomariopsidaceae

Elaphoglossum zambesiacum Schelpe

Photo: JE. Burrows






Common name


Rhizome creeping, c. 4 mm in diameter; rhizome scales 5 × 1 mm, pale-brown, concolorous, lanceolate acuminate, margin mostly entire or with occasional hair-like outgrows. Fronds simple, closely spaced, coriaceous. Sterile fronds: stipe up to 11 cm long, pale greenish-grey or pale brown, at first set with linear, pale brown scales up to 5 mm long, later becoming subglabrous. Sterile lamina oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic in outline, apex sharply pointed, base wedge-shaped and prolonged down the axis, up to 10 × 3 cm, margin with a pale, tough border. Fertile fronds: lamina very narrowly oblanceolate, base prolonged down the axis, hairless. Sporangia covering the undersurface of the lamina.



zambesiacum: of the Zambezi region


Confined to higher rainfall areas, streamside rocks in shade.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Dem. Republic of Congo, Zambia.

Growth form

Lithophytic, terrestrial.


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  • Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta.Flora Zambesiaca, 0 Page 210.