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Genus Pteris Family Pteridaceae

Description: Rhizome tufted or shortly creeping, covered with scales.

Fronds 1–4-pinnate; lamina glabrous or sometimes with jointed hairs; rachis deeply grooved; veins free or anastomosing.

Sori linear and submarginal, true indusia absent, the recurved margin of the lamina forming a false indusium.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 250 species, tropical & subtropical regions. Australia: 8 species, all States.

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept:

Taxa not yet included in identification key
Pteris microptera

 Key to the species 
1Fronds 1-pinnatifid to incompletely 2-pinnate2
Fronds 3-pinnate or more compound4
2Fronds 1-pinnate; the pinnae distinctly stalked, decreasing in size towards the base of the frondPteris vittata
Fronds 1-pinnatifid to incompletely 2-pinnate; primary pinnae increasing in size towards the base of the frond
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3
3Fronds to 35 cm long, lowermost primary pinnae to 16 cm longPteris ensiformis
Fronds at least 60 cm long, lowermost primary pinnae at least 10–30 cm long
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Pteris umbrosa
4Fronds pale green with a brown rachis, the veins freePteris tremula
Fronds dark green with a yellowish rachis; the veins reticulate
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Pteris comans

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