Pneumatopteris

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome erect, often forming a short woody trunk, scaly. Lamina once pinnate with deeply lobed pinnae (almost 2-pinnate), basal pinnae gradually reduced in size, lowest ones much shorter than middle ones; pinnae lobes thin but with distinct cartilaginous edges; lamina never densely hairy; basal veins on adjacent lobes joining, the rest free. Sori round, in one row either side of midrib, away from pinna margins; indusium kidney-shaped or absent; sporangium with or without hairs near annulus, with elongate 3–4-celled hair on stalk of sporangium; spores with many small wings.

About 75 species, mainly Malaysian; 3 occurring in Australia, all but one restricted to Queensland.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1994). Ferns and allied plants (Psilophyta, Lycopodiophyta, Polypodiophyta). In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
order Polypodiales
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