Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome short, erect, densely scaly; scales often coarse and large. Fronds usually tufted. Stipe not articulated to rhizome, densely clothed in scales at base. Lamina 2–3-pinnate, firm; veins free; rachis deeply and narrowly grooved, groove not continuous with secondary rachis grooves. Pinnules markedly asymmetrical. Sori distant from margins, terminal on veins; indusium round, attached by central stalk; spores bilateral.

150 or so species world-wide; 4 occurring in Australia, 2 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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-05-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
order Polypodiales
Higher taxa
genus Polystichum
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