Pteridophyta: Polypodiales

Dryopteridaceae - Wood ferns

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

Description of the family

Terrestrial, rarely lithophythic or low-level epiphytic ferns. Rhizome creeping, short-decumbent, suberect or erect, often laterally branched, often stoloniferous. Fronds monomorphic or dimorphic. Stipe not articulated. Lamina 2-pinnatifid to 4-pinnate. Lower pinnae often basiscopically developed. Veins free or anastomosing, with or without included veinlets, mostly ending near the margin. Indumentum composed of bracts occurring on rhizome, axes and lamina, also with glands or hairs occurring along the axes and lamina surfaces. Sori superficial, circular or elongate, dorsal or at the veins ending, with or without a peltate or reniform indusium or exindusiate.

Comment: Previously known as Aspidiaceae, but this is an illegitimate name.

Worldwide: ± 35 genera and ± 1000 species, cosmopolitan distribution.

Zambia: 7 genera and 11 taxa.

Dryopteris athamantica

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Arachniodes BlumeDescription
Ctenitis (C.Chr.) C. Chr.Description
Didymochlaena Desv.Description, Image
Dryopteris Adans.Description, Image
Hypodematium Description
Nothoperanema (Tagawa) ChingDescription, Image
Polystichum RothDescription

Other sources of information about Dryopteridaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Dryopteridaceae., retrieved 23 May 2024

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