Christella

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome short to long-creeping, scaly. Lamina once pinnate with deeply lobed pinnae (almost 2-pinnate), basal pinnae gradually reduced in size, lowest ones much shorter than middle ones; lamina and veins softly hairy, thick orange-red glandular hairs also on veins; basal veins on adjacent lobes joining, others free. Sori round, in one row either side of midrib, away from pinna margins; indusium kidney-shaped; sporangium without hairs near annulus, but with elongate unicellular glandular hair on stalk of sporangium; spores tuberculate.

About 50 species; 5 occurring in mostly tropical Australia, 1 in Victoria.

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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genus Christella
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