Commemorating the German botanical patron K. von Rumohr.

Small to medium-sized epiphytic and terrestrial ferns with creeping rhizomes; generally grown in hanging baskets.

Rhizomes long-creeping, scaly. Sterile and fertile fronds similar. Fronds divided 2-3 times, scaly; groove on main axis; veins free. Sori round, in one row on each side of the midrib. Indusia round and attached by a central stalk.

Sometimes included in the family Davalliaceae because of the long-creeping rhizomes but frond, scale and indusial characters indicate a closer relationship to the family Dryopteridaceae.

Propagation: Division of rhizome or spores.

Recognition: Round, dark-centred sori. Similar to Polystichum but with long-creeping rhizomes.

Literature: Morton (1960).

A genus of 2-6 species mostly from the Southern Hemisphere (up to 50 species according to some authorities) (1 species in Australia).


Created by: Val Stajsic

Updated by: Val Stajsic, May 2018

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Polypodiopsida
order     Polypodiales
family      Dryopteridaceae
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