Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome short, creeping or erect, covered in scales. Stipe slender, scaly (at least at base). Lamina delicate, many times pinnately lobed or pinnate; rachises slender. Sori centred on veins, usually one to each ultimate lobe (fewer in smaller segments); indusium inflated at base, round to ovate, only covering sori when sporangia are very young, opening towards margin.

About 18 species, mainly tropical to subtropical; only 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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genus Cystopteris
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