Pteridophyta: Gleicheniales

Gleicheniaceae - Forking Fern Family

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

Description of the family

Terrestrial or lithophytic ferns. Rhizome thin, widely creeping, branched, apex with fringed scales or branched hairs. Fronds widely spaced, arranged in 1 row, scandent, with indeterminate growth. Lamina variously compound, pseudo- dichotomously branched with a dormant apical bud between the pairs of pinnae, herbaceous to coriaceous. Veins free, forked. Indumentum composed of stellate and branched hairs and fimbriate bracts confined to the rhizome and frond axes. Sori circular, superficial or immersed, on acroscopic vein branches, without indusia.

Worldwide: Pantropical, also in Japan, Australia and New Zealand (Source GBIF); 6 genera and ± 125 species

Caprivi: 2 cultivated genera and 2 cultivated taxa.

Dicranopteris linearis

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

Dicranopteris Bernh.Description, Image
Gleichenia Sm.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Gleicheniaceae:

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Flora of Malawi: Gleicheniaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Gleicheniaceae
Flora of Zambia: Gleicheniaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Gleicheniaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Gleicheniaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Gleicheniaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Gleicheniaceae
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iNaturalist: Gleicheniaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Gleicheniaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Gleicheniaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Gleicheniaceae
Wikipedia: Gleicheniaceae
Plants of the World Online: Gleicheniaceae
Tropicos: Gleicheniaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Caprivi: Cultivated plants: Family page: Gleicheniaceae., retrieved 16 July 2024

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