Cheilanthes

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome short- or long-creeping. Stipe shiny, red-brown to brown. Fronds often crowded together. Lamina 2-several times pinnately divided. Sori marginal, borne at tips of veins, small, often laterally spreading, usually becoming irregularly confluent; leaf margin usually inrolled over sori; spores tetrahedral or spherical, often black.

About 180 species world-wide; 15 occurring in Australia, 4 in Victoria. Usually growing among rocks in drier areas.

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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