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Genus Todea Family Osmundaceae

Description: Terrestrial ferns, usually arborescent, trunk covered with persistent bases of old stipes.

Fronds often stiffly erect, stipe bears soft hairs on lower parts, winged at the base with 2 broad stipular expansions; lamina leathery, 2-pinnate when mature, stomates present.

Fertile pinnae borne at the base of the lamina, not reduced in size; sporangia arranged in masses along the major veins of the pinnae, becoming confluent and covering the entire lower surface.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 2 species, Southern Hemisphere, tropical & temperate regions. Australia: 1 species (native).

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Todea barbara

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