Cyatheaceae

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tree-ferns, with large fronds crowning an erect, thick trunk. Stipe very thick, with a discontinuous line of pale aerating tissue along each side, clothed in scales. Fronds pinnate. Sori borne between margin and midvein, with or without indusium; receptacle large, bearing shortly stalked sporangia; annulus oblique. Gametophyte cordate.

2 genera (but see Tryon 1970) with c. 700 species in tropical, subtropical and more rarely, temperate regions of the world.

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
order Cyatheales
Higher taxa
family Cyatheaceae
Subordinate taxa
genus Cyathea