Cheilanthes - Sinopteridaceae

Cheilanthes ceterachoides A.W. Klopper & Klopper






Hemionitis ceterachoides (A.W.Klopper & Klopper) Christenh.

Common name


Rhizome erect. Frond monomorphic, tufted, suberect to spreading, 5.5-10 cm tall. Stipe 1.5-3.5 cm long, dark brown, shiny, set with pale brown, lanceolate to narrowly ovate, long pointed scales of two sizes. Lamina 2-pinnatifid to 2-pinnate, basal pinnae slightly reduced, narrowly ovate in outline; pinnae narrowly ovate to narrowly oblong in outline, upper surface green, sparsely set with white hair-like scales, denser towards the costa and on the rhachis, undersurface thickly covered with pale brown, lanceolate to narrowly ovate, long pointed, overlapping scales; rhachis undersurface as for stipe. Sori marginal, discontinuous, obscured by the scales; exindusiate.



ceterachoides: resembling Ceterach; this fern looks like Ceterach cordatum (now named Asplenium cordatum).


Vertical dolomite cliffs, growing in cracks and fissures, c. 700m.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

South Africa.

Growth form



  • Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011) Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide. Struik Nature. Pages 334 - 335. (Includes a picture).