Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome short, erect or creeping, clad in latticed scales. Fronds tufted. Lamina simple, pinnate or further divided; primary rachises usually shallowly grooved, the centre of which may be raised in larger plants; pinnae bases thickened at edge, decurrent on margins of rachis groove; veins free or anastomosing near margin, midribs and veins usually raised on upper surface. Sori oblong to linear, along veinlets; indusium oblong to linear, membranous.

About 650 species widespread throughout the world; 29 occurring in Australia, 9 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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