Pteridophyta: Polypodiales

Sinopteridaceae - Cliff brakes and lip ferns

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

Description of the family

Plants terrestrial or lithophytic. Rhizome mostly erect or suberect, rarely creeping. Fronds numerous, mostly monomorphic, simple to 5-pinnate. Sori marginal or linear along veins, exindusiate or covered by a modified marginal indusium; homosporous.

Comment: Sometimes included as a subfamily in the Pteridaceae

Worldwide: 20 genera, ± 400 species worldwide

Zambia: 4 genera and 19 taxa.

Doryopteris concolor

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

Aleuritopteris FéeDescription, Image
Cheilanthes Sw.Description, Image
Doryopteris J.Sm.Description, Image
Pellaea LinkDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Sinopteridaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Sinopteridaceae
Flora of Malawi: Sinopteridaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Sinopteridaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Sinopteridaceae

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Sinopteridaceae., retrieved 1 February 2023

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