Pteridophyta: Polypodiales

Parkeriaceae - Water sprites or leather ferns

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011) Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature

Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13

Description of the family

Aquatic or semi-aquatic fern; rooted or free floating plants that complete their life cycle in a very short time. Rhizome short, erect or creeping; roots few arising from near the stipe base, with scales. Stipes green, succulent. Fronds numerous, tufted, dimorphic, sometimes proliferous, pinnate or 2- or 3-pinnatifid, herbaceous, glabrous, venation forming a network. Sporangia borne on the ultimate segments; solitary along the veins, within the reflexed margins or covering the lower surface of the fertile lamina with the margin not modified or reflexed; homosporous.

Comment: Sometimes included as a subfamily in the Pteridaceae

Worldwide: 2 genera, c. 7 species worldwide

Zambia: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

Ceratopteris thalictroides

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Ceratopteris Brongn.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Parkeriaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Parkeriaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Parkeriaceae
Flora of Malawi: Parkeriaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Parkeriaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Parkeriaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Parkeriaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Parkeriaceae
Wikipedia: Parkeriaceae

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Parkeriaceae., retrieved 7 December 2021

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