Terpsichore - Polypodiaceae

Terpsichore cultrata (Bory ex Willd.) A.R. Sm.






Polypodium cultratum Bory ex Willd.
Grammitis cultrata (Bory ex Willd.) Proctor
Polypodium elasticum Bory ex Willd.
Polypodium cultratum Bory ex Willd. var. elasticum (Bory ex Willd.) Baker
Ctenopteris elastica (Willd.) Copel.
Xiphopteris elastica (Bory ex Willd.) Alston
Grammitis elastica (Willd.) Christenh.

Common name


Rhizome erect or very shortly creeping, c. 1 mm in diameter; rhizome scales up to 1 mm long, pale brown, hairlike. Fronds tufted, membranous, pinnatifid almost to the midrib. Stipes c. 1 mm long, dark brown, with pale brown to patent hairs c. 1.0 mm long. Laminae c. 8 x 1.2 cm, linear-oblong in outline, long tapering at base, deeply pinnatifid into oblong, entire, rounded to acute lobes, up to 7 mm long, thinly set with soft pale hairs up to 1 mm long. Sori up to 7 per lobe; sporangia sometimes covered with stout rigid bristles..




Distribution worldwide

Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion, Seychelles.

Distribution in Africa

Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko), Malawi.

Growth form



  • Roux, J.P. (2009) Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands. Strelitzia 23, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria. Pages 165 - 166.
  • Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta.Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report, 13 Page 109.
  • Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta.Flora Zambesiaca, 0 Page 143. As Xiphopteris cultrata (Bory ex Willd.) Schelpe
  • Tardieu-Blot, M.-L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.3.Flore du Cameroun, Pages 330 - 331. (Includes a picture).