Pteridophyta: Osmundales

Osmundaceae - Royal fern family

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

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983) The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria.

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 perrenial ferns with rhizomes erect or procumbent, enclosed by a mass of persistent stipe-bases and roots. Stipe winged at the base, cylindrical higher up. Fronds numerous, tufted, perennial or deciduous, 2-pinnate or deeply 2-3-pinnatifid. Sporangia large, borne either on both surfaces of narrow fertile pinnules or on the under surface of undifferentiated pinnae.

Worldwide: 4 genera and 20 species worldwide, occurring in both tropical and temperate regions

Zimbabwe: 2 genera and 2 taxa.

Osmunda regalis

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

GenusContent
Osmunda L.Description, Image
Todea Willd. ex Bernh.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Osmundaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Osmundaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Osmundaceae
Flora of Zambia: Osmundaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Osmundaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Osmundaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=162, retrieved 2 July 2016

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