Pteridophyta: Polypodiales

Woodsiaceae - Lady ferns and brittle ferns

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

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983) The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria.

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

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca

Description of the family

Terrestrial or epilithic ferns. Rhizome creeping or suberect to erect. Fronds monomorphic, approximate or tufted. Stipe and rhachis adaxially grooved, stipe with 2 strap-shaped vascular bundles merging upward into a single U- or V-shaped bundle. Lamina pinnately compound, basiscopically developed or not; veins free or anastomosing. Sori superficial, circular to elongate, linear or J-shaped, borne on the veins, with or without an indusium, homosporus.

Worldwide: Near cosmopolitan distribution, 15 genera and c. 700 species worldwide.

Zambia: 2 genera and 3 taxa.

Athyrium schimperi

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Athyrium RothDescription, Image
Diplazium Sw.Description

Other sources of information about Woodsiaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Woodsiaceae
Flora of Malawi: Woodsiaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Woodsiaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Woodsiaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Woodsiaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Woodsiaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Woodsiaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Woodsiaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Woodsiaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Woodsiaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Woodsiaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Woodsiaceae
Wikipedia: Woodsiaceae
Plants of the World Online: Woodsiaceae
Tropicos: Woodsiaceae

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Woodsiaceae., retrieved 23 May 2024

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