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