Bracken and Ground Ferns

Rhizome creeping or occasionally erect, covered with hairs or scales. Sterile and fertile fronds similar. Fronds scattered or in tufts; veins free or netted. Sori round or linear, on or just inside the segment margins at the ends of veins. Indusia various, often reduced or absent, cup-shaped or 2-lipped with the outer flap reflexed.

Terrestrial ferns often with extensive underground rhizomes.

c. 11 genera, c. 170-200 species depending on family circumscription, from tropical to temperate regions (5 genera with 14 species in Australia).

Rhizomes mostly long-creeping, covered with hairs or bristles; fronds highly divided; sori on or near the segment margins.

Smith et al. 2006.

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Dennstaedtiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Updated by: Val Stajsic, March 2018

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Polypodiopsida
order     Polypodiales
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
genus       Dennstaedtia Bernh.
genus       Histiopteris J.Agardh ex Sm.
genus       Hypolepis Bernh.
genus       Microlepia C.Presl
genus       Paesia A.St.-Hil.
genus       Pteridium Gled.ex Scop.