Cheilanthes - Sinopteridaceae

Cheilanthes angustifrondosa Alston






Common name


Rhizome creeping; rhizome scales linear and tapering to a fine point, 4.5–5 × 0.5 mm, brown with a dark central stripe and pale margins. Fronds monomorphic, tufted, 22–55 cm tall. Stipe 3–14 cm long, purple-brown or chestnut to black, glabrous except at the extreme base. Lamina 1–2-pinnate, if 1-pinnate then pinnae deeply pinnatifid, narrowly oblong-lanceolate in outline, 17–49 × 3–8.5 cm; pinnae in 15–18 pairs, oblong-lanceolate in outline, 1–6 × 0.5–2.8 cm; pinnules or ultimate segments narrowly oblong, 0.5–1 cm × 2–5 mm, apex rounded, crenate to pinnatifid, glabrous; venation obscure. Sori on margins of segments, minute, less than 1 mm in diameter; indusium minute, membranous, entire.


Differs from other Cheilanthes species by lacking a powdery substance on the undersurface of the lamina, the lamina is glabrous on both surfaces and the fronds are narrowly elliptic & 2-3 pinnatifid.



Among rocks in woodland, rocky hillsides, rock crevices in escarpment forest.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Angola, Dem. Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Tanzania , Zambia.

Growth form

Lithophytic, terrestrial.


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