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.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 2 taxa.

Schizaea tenella

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Schizaea Sm.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Schizaeaceae:

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Flora of Malawi: Schizaeaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Schizaeaceae

External websites:

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

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: Schizaeaceae., retrieved 19 April 2024

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