Dryopteridaceae

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Terrestrial, or rarely, epiphytic ferns. Rhizome long- or short-creeping, or erect, covered in non-latticed scales. Fronds tufted along rhizome; stipe not articulated to rhizome, grooved, base covered in scales. Lamina simple or pinnately compound, pinnae asymmetric; rachises grooved with prominent lateral ridges; veins free or netted. Sori borne away from margin; indusium usually present, centrally attached and round, or radially attached and kidney-shaped; spores bilateral.

About 20 genera, cosmopolitan; 8 represented in Australia, 4 in Victoria.

The illegitimate name 'Aspidiaceae' has been used for this family in the past.

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.
 
Hero image
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
order Polypodiales
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
genus Cyrtomium
genus Dryopteris
genus Lastreopsis
genus Polystichum
genus Rumohra