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: (1995). Dicksoniaceae. 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.