Description: Rhizome long-creeping, covered with papery, peltate-based scales; stipes in 2 ranks, articulated to the rhizome.
Fronds erect to pendent, pinnate; pinnae articulated to the rachis, often with a row of pale dots on the upper surface near the margin; veins free.
Sori superficial, indusia present or absent; indusium circular to reniform.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 12–15 species, tropical & temperate regions of Europe, Asia, Africa & Australia. Australia: 4 species, Qld, N.S.W.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxa not yet included in identification key
Arthropteris beckleri x tenella
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|1||Indusia absent; pinnae usually 3–10 cm long||Arthropteris tenella|
|Indusia present; pinnae to 3 cm long, rarely longer||2|
|2||Pinnae bearing numerous long hairs; indusium pubescent||Arthropteris beckleri|
|Pinnae bearing scattered short hairs on the veins; indusium glabrous|
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