Pteridophyta: Schizaeales

Schizaeaceae - Comb ferns

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Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca

Description of the family

Terrestrial or lithophitic ferns. Rhizome subterranean, short-creeping, branched, with closely-spaced dimorphic fronds. Sterile frond lamina simple, narrowly linear, with a simple, central midrib, glabrous or spacely set with hairs, grass-like. Fertile frond very narrowly linear with a terminal, simple or dichotomously branched, comb-like structure. Sporangia in 2 rows, one on either side of each fertile pinna, homosporous.

Worldwide: 2 genera and c.30 species worldwide, pantropical distribution.

Mozambique: 1 genus and 2 taxa.

Schizaea tenella

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Schizaea Sm.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Schizaeaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Schizaeaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Schizaeaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Schizaeaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Schizaeaceae
Wikipedia: Schizaeaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Family page: Schizaeaceae., retrieved 31 March 2023

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