Pyrrosia - Polypodiaceae

Pyrrosia stolzii (Hieron.) Schelpe

Photo: P. Ballings

Photo: P. Ballings

Photo: P. Ballings

Photo: P. Ballings

Photo: P. Ballings






Niphobolus stolzii Hieron.
Cyclophorus stolzii (Hieron.) Hieron.

Common name


Rhizome c. 1.5-3 mm. thick, shortly creeping; rhizome scales dull-brown, lanceolate in outline, up to 2(-5.2) x 0.6-1 mm, subentire below and ciliate above. Frond 0.5-1.5 cm apart, stipitate, carnose-coriaceous. Stipe up to 9 cm long, tomentose at first becoming glabrous with age. Lamina 8-27 x 0.8-3 cm, simple, lanceolate or elliptic to oblanceolate in outline, apex with a sharp and rather abrupt point, base narrowly wedge-shaped to tapering, entire; upper surface subglabrous, lower surface dirty whitish to pale brown, tomentose with two kinds of stellate hairs, the larger with thin straight arms c. 0.7 mm long standing above more numerous smaller hairs with twisted matted arms. Sori apical or extending all over lamina, emerging through the hairs.



stolzii: named after A.F. Stolz (1871-1917), German missionary, merchant and plant collector.


In rainforests and cloudforests, moderately to deeply shaded

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Malawi, Tanzania , Zambia.

Growth form



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