Calochlaena (Maxon) M.D.Turner & R.A.White

False Bracken

Etymology: Greek kalos - beautiful, chlaina - cloak.

Terrestrial creeping ferns. Rhizome thick, creeping below ground, occasionally almost erect but not trunk-forming, covered with dark hairs. Sterile and fertile fronds similar. Fronds anadromous (see glossary) in architecture. Blades more or less triangular in outline, divided several times; ribs and main veins hairy, terminal segments with asymmetric bases, grooves on all upper axes continuous; veins free. Stalks with long hairs at the base, rough. Sori numerous, marginal, terminal on the veins. Indusia cup-like, consisting of an outer reflexed marginal lip and an inner lip.

5 species from Philippines to Java, Samoa and Australia (2 species in Australia).

Continuous grooves on upper axes.

Turner & White (1988).

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Dicksoniaceae. 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     Cyatheales
family      Dicksoniaceae
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