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Genus Pteridium Family Dennstaedtiaceae

Description: Terrestrial ferns; rhizome long-creeping, much branched, covered with simple hairs.

Stipe of fronds stout; lamina much divided, at least 3-pinnate, triangular in outline, leathery, covered with hairs and/or small chaffy scales.

Sori marginal, linear, mostly continuous; indusium 2-lipped, the inner true indusium is membranous and the outer false indusium is composed of the recurved margin of the lamina.


Illustration
L. Elkan

Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 7 species, cosmopolitan. Australia: 3 species, all States except N.T.

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Pteridium esculentum

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