Dennstaedtia Bernh.

Lacy Ground Fern

Rhizome long-creeping, covered with short, bristly, dark hairs. Sterile and fertile fronds similar. Frond divided 2 or more times, deciduous; branches and segments sometimes with articulations at the joints; midrib and main stem with groove that is not continuous with the branch grooves, the edges of the groove raised; stalk erect, grooved above. Segments asymmetric; veins free. Sori marginal at end of veins, mostly in segment notches, round. Indusium cup-like, fused to the lobe of the blade.

70 species of tropical and subtropical regions (1 species in Australia).

Division or spores.

Fronds deciduous; two indusia forming a cup-like sorus.

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.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Polypodiopsida
order     Polypodiales
family      Dennstaedtiaceae
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