Pteridophyta: Polypodiales

Lindsaeaceae - Screw ferns

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

Description of the family

Terrestrial or epiphytic ferns. Rhizome short creeping, often with hair-like scales. Stipe not articulate, with 2 C-shaped vascular bundles back to back. Fronds numerous, monomorphic, pinnate to 2-pinnate. Stipe and rhachis adaxially with a longitudinal groove. Lamina surfaces glabrous or with hairs similar to those occuring on the rhizome; venation free or anastomosing, without included veinlets. Sori marginal or submarginal, linear or oblong, indusium opening towards the margin, homosporous.

Worldwide: 8 genera, c. 200 species, pantropical distribution.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 2 taxa.

Lindsaea odorata

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Lindsaea Dryand. ex Sm.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Lindsaeaceae:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Lindsaeaceae
Flora of Malawi: Lindsaeaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Lindsaeaceae
Flora of Zambia: Lindsaeaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lindsaeaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Lindsaeaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lindsaeaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Lindsaeaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Lindsaeaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lindsaeaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Lindsaeaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lindsaeaceae
Wikipedia: Lindsaeaceae
Plants of the World Online: Lindsaeaceae
Tropicos: Lindsaeaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Lindsaeaceae., retrieved 22 May 2024

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