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: (1995). Dennstaedtiaceae. In: . 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