Synonyms: Callistopteris APNI*
Davalliopsis Bosch APNI*
Nesopteris Copel. APNI*
Description: Rhizome short, erect or creeping, relatively thick, with numerous wiry roots and lustrous multicellular hairs. Stipes distinct, terete, usually narrowly winged, often densely hairy.
Lamina simply pinnate to elaborately pinnate, 10–15 cm long. Rachis similar to the upper part of the stipe, usually winged. Ultimate segments 1-veined, glabrous (rarely hairy on the veins). Lamina cells in some species with thick and coarsely pitted internal walls, or the mesophyll extremely reduced, of one row of cells on each side of vein.
Sori usually at the tips of the ultimate segments; involucre cup-shaped or campanulate; mouth truncate or dilated; receptacles usually very long, exserted. spores spheroidal, with short spines.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 60 species throughout the tropics. Australia 4 species, 1 species endemic.
From the Greek kepale - a head, and manes - a kind of cup; in reference to the shape and position of the involucres.
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of Australia Volume 48.
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