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This species is accepted, and its native range is Eritrea to Malawi, N. Yemen.


Dryopteridaceae, JP Roux, M Shaffer-Fehre, B Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2007

Ethiopia, Scholoda Mts, Schimper 6 (B?, holo.; BM!, H, K! (2 sheets), M! (2 sheets), iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Plants terrestrial.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome short-decumbent, up to 18 mm in diameter, with crowded stipe bases and scales up to 35 × 5 mm, brown to ferrugineus, linear to narrowly lanceolate, with scattered oblong glands, and irregularly set with long twisted filiform outgrowths
Morphology Leaves
Fronds tufted, 5–7 per plant, erect to arching, up to 1.6 m long.
Morphology Leaves Stipes
Stipe proximally castaneous, stramineous to greenish higher up, up to 87 cm long and 8 mm in diameter, proximally densely scaly, scales higher up fugaceous, larger scales up to 22 × 3 mm, narrowly lanceolate to filiform, irregularly set with long, twisted, pluricellular filiform outgrowths, often also with oblong glands.
Morphology Leaves Leaf lamina
Lamina firmly herbaceous, ovate to broadly ovate, up to 73 × 45 cm, up to 3-pinnate.
Morphology Leaves Rachis
Rachis stramineous, with scales up to 8 × 1.2 mm, glabrescent.
Morphology Leaves Pinnae
Pinnae in up to 14 stalked pairs, basal pair mostly basiscopically developed, inaequilaterally ovate to narrowly ovate, narrowly ovate to oblong-acuminate towards lamina apex, basal pair longest, up to 23 × 14.5 cm, with up to 10 stalked pinnule pairs; pinnarachis narrowly winged distally, abaxially initially with scales up to 6 × 1 mm; pinnules oblong-acuminate to narrowly trullate, obtuse, lobed, to 1-Pinnate, acroscopic pinnule on basal pinnae up to 72 × 19 mm, basiscopic pinnule on basal pinnae up to 84 × 22 mm, rarely with up to 2 stalked segment pairs; costa adaxially shallowly sulcate, narrowly winged, variously set with scales and isocytic hairs; segments and lobes inaequilaterally oblong-obtuse to oblong-acute, basiscopically decurrent, up to 10 × 5 mm, shallowly obtusely dentate or serrate, adaxially glabrous or with few hairs or scales, abaxially sparsely to moderately set with scales and hairs, scales similar, but smaller than those on pinna-rachis, hairs up to 1 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Sori
Sori circular, inframedial, discrete, or the sporangia often touching at maturity, up to 2 mm in diameter; sporangium stalk simple, with a single glandular cell, or haired; indusium persistent, brown to ferrugineous, reniform and strongly revolute, entire or glandular along margin, up to 2 mm in diameter
Morphology Reproductive morphology Spores
Spores with low reticulate ridges and bulges, rugose to ruminate, (32–)41(–52) × (22–)28(–34) mm
Evergreen montane and riverine forest, bamboo, Hagenia and giant heath zone; 1400–3000 m
Widespread; least concern (LC)
Vida, in Helv. Chim. Acta 56: 2130 (1973) report the species as diploid: 2n = ± 82.
Flora districts: U2 K3 T2 T6 T7 Range: Congo-Kinshasa, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Malawi


None recorded for our area

Native to:

Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Sudan, Yemen, Zaïre

Dryopteris schimperiana (Hochst.) C.Chr. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Mar 29, 1948 Schimper, W. [6], Ethiopia K000880647 Unknown type material

First published in Index Filic.: 291 (1905)

Accepted by

  • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). World Ferns: Checklist of Ferns and Lycophytes of the World Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.


Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • U.K.W.F. ed. 2: 36 (1994).
  • Ind. Filic.: 91, 291 (1905)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

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