This site provides information about the ferns and fern allies on the African continent.

The Family-list provides a taxonomic entry. We give information about the families, genera and species in pteridophytes. For each taxon literature references, synonyms, description and pictures are provided.

The Country-map generates a checklist of the pteridophytes for each country in Africa.



As of today, Friday, 23 March 2018, we have 864 taxa in the database for Africa, divided over 125 genera and 36 families. Of these 864 taxa, descriptions have been completed for 496 taxa. I am always on the lookout for good pictures, please use the contact e-mail from the envelope in the footbar if you would like to contribute.


News !

- Key in PDF format available on the genus pages for the species in Actiniopteris, Adiantum, Antrophyum, Blechnum, Dicranopteris, Gleichenia, Lindsaea, Mohria, Odontosoria, Schizaea and Vittaria. (02/07/2017)

- I have updated all taxa in the Adiantaceae (Adiantum, Antrophyum, Coniogramme and Vittaria), Anemiaceae (Anemia, Mohria), Blechnaceae (Blechnum, Stenochlaena), Davalliaceae (Davallia, Humata), Dicksoniaceae, Gleicheniaceae (Gleichenia, Dicranopteris and Sticherus), Lindsaeaceae (Lindsaea, Lonchitis and Odontosoria), Schizaeaceae (Schizaea), and most in Cyatheaceae, Aspleniaceae, Dennstaedtiaceae (Blotiella, Histiopteris, Hypolepis, Pteridium), Dryopteridaceae (Arachniodes, Cyrtomium, Didymochlaena, Dryopteris, Hypodematium, Megalastrum, Nothoperanema, Polystichum, Ruhmora) (12/03/2018)

- Working on spot characters! check it out:

- Recently taxonomists have agreed on a new phylogenetic classification for lycopods and ferns.
(Eric Schuettpelz et al., 2016, A community-derived classification for extant lycophytes and ferns, JSE 54-6:563-603 )

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