Lonchitis - Lindsaeaceae

Lonchitis occidentalis Baker

Photo: C. Jongkind

Photo: C. Jongkind






Antiosorus occidentalis (Baker) Kuhn
Anisorus occidentalis (Baker) C.Chr.
Pteris glaberrima Mett. ex Kuhn
Lonchitis friesii Brause

Common name


Rhizome short- to long-creeping, ± succulent, c.6 mm in diameter when dry, with pale brown hairs c. 1 mm long. Stipe straw-coloured to red or purple, thick, 12–50 cm long, with scattered pale hairs c. 1 mm long. Fronds 1–2 cm apart. Lamina somewhat fleshy, 18–50 cm long, pinnate-pinnatifid to bipinnate-tripinnatifid, oblong to deltate in outline, apex tapering to a point. Pinnae opposite or subopposite, oblong in outline, 8.5-25(–45) × 2.1-15(–25) cm wide, lower ones petiolate, upper ones sessile and adnate, with short hairs set along the costae, rhachis and costules, veins mostly free, ultimate lobes rounded. Sori marginal, ± 2 mm long, linear or curved, borne in and around sinuses of ultimate segments; indusium pale, hairless, membranous.



occidentalis: occidental, western.


Stream sides or spray of waterfalls in evergreen forest, Cyathea forest, swampy places, granite rocks in stream valleys, roadside banks.

Distribution worldwide

Tropical Africa and Madagascan region.

Distribution in Africa

Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Dem. Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko), Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania , Uganda, Zambia.

Growth form



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