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Genus Cystopteris Family Athyriaceae

Description: Terrestrial ferns, rhizome covered with scales.

Fronds erect; stipe slender, scaly towards the base; lamina delicate and membranous, pinnately compound.

Sori superficial, circular, indusiate when young; indusium thin, membranous, attached at the base.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 6–18 species, temperate to subtropical regions. Australia: 1 species (native).

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Cystopteris tasmanica

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