Tmesipteris

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Stems pendulous, flaccid, usually undivided. Leaves conspicuous, spirally arranged, sessile, decurrent, irregular-oblong, acuminate to mucronate, with single vein. Sporophyll lobes leaf-like. Synangium borne at base of sporophyll, elongate, with two chambers, splitting longitudinally.

About 12 species, restricted to the southern Pacific region; 6 in eastern Australia, 4 in Victoria. Most are epiphytes on tree-ferns.

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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