Aspleniaceae

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Terrestrial, epiphytic or rock-dwelling ferns. Rhizome short and erect or very shortly creeping, covered with latticed scales (with raised, dark, thickened cell walls). Fronds firm, not articulated at rhizome; stipe grooved, base covered in scales. Lamina simple, once pinnate or further divided; veins free. Sori along minor veins, linear-oblong, with indusium attached along veinlet and opening towards centre of leaflet, or without indusium; spores bilateral.

7 genera widespread around the world, with 2 genera in Australia and Victoria. REFERENCES: Brownsey (1977, 1983), Given (1972), Jermy et al. (1978).

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 Polypodiales
Higher taxa
family Aspleniaceae
Subordinate taxa
genus Asplenium
genus Pleurosorus