Pteridophyta: Polypodiales

Polypodiaceae - Polypody family


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

Description of the family

Very small to medium-sized ferns; epiphytic, lithophytic or rarely terrestrial. Rhizome short- or long-creeping or climbing, laterally branched; roots formed ventrally, dorsally with 2 rows of frond scars. Fronds mono-, hemi- or dimorphic, articulated or not; stipe short or long; lamina simple to 2-pinnatifid, entire or shallowly crenate; veins free or anastomosing. Indumentum composed of scales on the rhizome, axes and lamina and hairs on the lamina surfaces. Sori circular (in ours), superficial or slightly sunken, scattered or in a single row on either side of the primary or secondary vein, with or without paraphyses; exindusiate.

Worldwide: 56 genera and c. 1200 species worldwide. Near cosmopolitan distribution with the greatest diversity in tropical areas, especially in Asia.

Caprivi: 7 cultivated genera and 12 cultivated taxa.

Lepisorus schraderi

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

Drynaria (Bory) J.Sm.Description
Lepisorus (J. Sm.) ChingDescription, Image
Loxogramme (Blume) C. PreslDescription, Image
Microgramma C.PreslDescription, Image
Microsorum LinkDescription, Image
Platycerium Desv.Description, Image
Pleopeltis Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Polypodiaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Polypodiaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Polypodiaceae
Flora of Zambia: Polypodiaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Polypodiaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Polypodiaceae

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Caprivi: Cultivated plants: Family page: Polypodiaceae., retrieved 25 September 2023

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