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.

Zimbabwe: 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 Mozambique: Tectariaceae
Flora of Zambia: Tectariaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Tectariaceae
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: Tectariaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=217, retrieved 29 July 2016

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