Gleicheniaceae

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Terrestrial ferns, often forming dense thickets in open habitats. Rhizome long-creeping, branched, usually sparsely clothed with hairs or scales. Fronds once or several times pinnate, repeatedly branched, apparently dichotomous but each fork includes a dormant, hairy or scaly leaf apex which only sometimes develops. Sori of 1–15 large sporangia, without indusium; annulus transverse or oblique; spore numerous. Gametophyte elongate and large, cordate, green, associated with fungus.

Cosmopolitan, 5 genera from tropical and temperate areas; 4 genera 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.
 
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
genus Gleichenia
genus Sticherus