Pteridophyta: Polypodiales

Tectariaceae - Mother ferns and dotted ferns.

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011) Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature

Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13

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

Description of the family

Terrestrial or lithophytic ferns. Rhizome short and erect or widely creeping, with scales. Fronds monomorphic,tufted or widely spaced; simple to 2-pinnate, lower pinnae often basiscopically developed, often with proliferating buds along the lamina axes; veins pinnately branched, free or anastomosing. Sori circular; indusium peltate or reniform, homosporus.

Comment: The genera Megalastrum and Ctenitis have recently been put within the family of the Dryopteridaceae.

Worldwide: 8-15 genra, c. 230 species worldwide.

Mozambique: 2 genera and 3 taxa.

Tectaria gemmifera

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Arthropteris J. Sm.Description, Image
Tectaria Cav.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Tectariaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Tectariaceae
Flora of Zambia: Tectariaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Tectariaceae

External websites:

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


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Family page: Tectariaceae.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=217, retrieved 20 October 2019

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