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Genus Histiopteris Family Dennstaedtiaceae

Description: Terrestrial ferns; rhizome long-creeping, covered with narrow scales and hairs.

Fronds erect; stipe glossy and smooth; lamina 2-pinnate or more compound, pale green, membranous to leathery, usually glabrous; pinnae opposite, basal pinnules of the pinnae often reduced and stipule-like, veins loosely anastomosing.

Sori marginal, covered by a broad false indusium.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 7 species, pantropical & temperate regions. Australia: 1 species (native).

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Histiopteris incisa

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