Anemia Sw.

Greek aneimon - naked; referring to the naked 'flowering' heads.

Discription: Rhizomes short-creeping, hairy. Sterile and fertile fronds different. Sterile fronds divided once. Fertile fronds similar to sterile ones but with clusters of sporangia on specialised spike-like, long-stalked bladeless branches developing from the two basal segments. Blades with veins free. Sporangia in single row on each side of fertile branch.

c. 90 species, tropical, mostly from the Americas with 70 species in Brazil and 20 in Mexico but also occurring in S India.


Spike-like fertile fronds.

Mickel (1962,1981).

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Schizaeaceae. 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     Schizaeales
family      Anemiaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species        Anemia phyllitidis (L.) Sw.