Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Epiphytic, or less commonly, rock-dwelling ferns. Rhizome usually coarse, branched, creeping, covered with scales; scales attached near centre of broad base, fawn to chestnut-brown. Fronds distant along rhizome; stipe articulated to rhizome. Lamina leathery, triangular, 2 or more times pinnate, ultimate segments asymmetric; veins free, raised on upper surface. Sori submarginal; indusium forming a pouch opening towards margin; spores bilateral.

About 10 genera world-wide; 5 represented in Australia with only 1 native to Victoria. Rumohra and Nephrolepis have been included previously in this family, but are now referred to the Dryopteridaceae and Lomariopsidaceae respecitvely.

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.
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2014-06-24
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
order Polypodiales
Higher taxa
family Davalliaceae
Subordinate taxa
genus Davallia