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Genus Marattia Family Marattiaceae

Description: Medium-sixed to large ferns; rhizomes stout.

Fronds with a pair of fleshy stipules at base of stipe, pinnately compound, with base of pinnae pulvinate; veins free, simple or forked.

Sporangia coalescent in a double row to form oval to oblong or rounded synangia along each side of the midvein.


Distribution and occurrence: A genus of c. 60 species, distributed in most tropical countries, and new Zealand and Japan.

Aust.: One species native to Lord Howe Island.

Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of Australia. Vol. 49 p.555-556

One species in NSW: Marattia howeana

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