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Genus Arthropteris Family Tectariaceae

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.


Photo © ANBG

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
Taxon concept:

Taxa not yet included in identification key
Arthropteris beckleri x tenella

 Key to the species 
1Indusia absent; pinnae usually 3–10 cm longArthropteris tenella
Indusia present; pinnae to 3 cm long, rarely longer2
2Pinnae bearing numerous long hairs; indusium pubescentArthropteris beckleri
Pinnae bearing scattered short hairs on the veins; indusium glabrous
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Arthropteris palisotii

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