Tectaria gemmifera (Fée) Alston

Fronds in clusters, arching, soft. Blade to about 80 cm long with plantlets on axes. Stalk yellow to brown, shiny, about the same length as the blade. Sori round, in rows on both sides of the midribs. Needs shelter and warmth.

 Tectaria muelleri (C. Chr.) C. Chr. from NE Qld is occasionally cultivated; it has similar sterile and fertile blades divided once at the base with the axis winged along its length and indusia on fertile fronds.

Recognition: Fronds with plantlets on the upper surface; veins forming a network.

Africa, Madagascar, Seychelles.

Created by: Val Stajsic

Updated by: Val Stajsic, May 2018

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Polypodiopsida
order     Polypodiales
family      Dryopteridaceae
genus       Tectaria