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Genus Arachniodes Family Dryopteridaceae

Description: Terrestrial ferns, rhizome short-creeping, covered with scales.

Fronds 3–4-pinnate; stipe erect, scaly; main rachis with a deep, narrow groove along the upper surface, glabrous or bearing a few small scales; lamina herbaceous to leathery; veins free, not reaching the margin.

Sori circular, located along, or terminal on, the veins; indusium ± circular to reniform.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 50 species, tropical to temperate regions. Australia: 1 species, Qld, N.S.W.

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Arachniodes aristata

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