Pteridium

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome creeping, coarse, covered in hairs. Lamina harsh, pinnate, with ultimate segments c. 2 mm broad, dark green. Rachises grooved; veins in pinnules free below the sori. Sori linear, marginal; sporangia borne on continuous submarginal vein, protected by inner membranous indusium (sometimes much reduced) and recurved lamina margin; spores tetrahedral.

About 6 species, cosmopolitan; 3 occurring in Australia, 1 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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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
order Polypodiales
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genus Pteridium
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