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Genus Macrothelypteris Family Thelypteridaceae

Description: Terrestrial ferns; rhizome short, creeping or ± erect, covered with narrow scales.

Fronds 2–3-pinnate, the lower pinnae somewhat reduced in size; hairs on the surface slender, acicular; scales sometimes present along the axes on the undersurface; veins free, not reaching the margin of the segment.

Sori small, circular; indusia small, persistent.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 9 species, Madagascar to Asia & Pacific. Australia: 2 species, Qld, N.S.W.

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Macrothelypteris torresiana

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