Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Fleshy perennial herbs with separate fertile spike and sterile lamina sharing common stalk. Rhizome short, erect; roots thick and fleshy; apex protected by sheathing base of immature frond. Fronds solitary or more rarely two, annual, erect, pinnate or much divided; venation open, dichotomous. Sporangia thick, free from one another, short-stalked, dehiscing transversely.

Cosmopolitan, c. 36 species; 2 occurring in Australia, both 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
class Psilotopsida
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genus Botrychium
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