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Genus Dicranopteris Family Gleicheniaceae

Description: Terrestrial ferns; rhizome long-creeping, covered with hairs, roots slender, fibrous.

Fronds tall, uniform, branched 1 or more times, each primary lateral axis being further dichotomously divided; dormant leaf buds in the forks, covered with hairs; pinnae pinnatifid, rarely pinnate; veins free, branched 2–5 times.

Sori without indusium, usually composed of 8–15 sporangia.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 12 species, pantropical. Australia: 1 species (native).

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Dicranopteris linearis

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