Lindsaeaceae

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Small, mainly terrestrial ferns. Rhizome creeping or sometimes short and almost erect, densely covered with narrow scales. Stipe often with a few scales near base. Frond simple to pinnately divided, pinnae variously shaped; rachises deeply grooved; thickened lower margin of pinnae decurrent on edge of rachis-groove. Sori near margins, discrete or continuous, protected by membranous indusium which opens towards margin; spores are tetrahedral or bilateral. Gametophyte cordate.

About 6 genera world-wide, mostly in tropics; 1 in Australia.

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 Lindsaeaceae
Subordinate taxa
genus Lindsaea