Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Diverse group of moderately large, mainly terrestrial ferns. Rhizome erect or creeping; scales sparse, usually fringed with fine hairs. Lamina oblong-lanceolate, once pinnate, rarely 2–3-pinnate; pinnae deeply lobed, the lowermost two often reduced in length; hairs small, some glandular; veins mostly free, pinnately arranged in each pinna and lobe. Sori roundish, borne individually on veins, away from margin; indusium kidney-shaped, usually hairy, or rarely, absent; spores bilateral.

15 genera; 10 represented in Australia, 4 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, 2019-03-13
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
order Polypodiales
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