Anemiaceae - Flowering fern

Photo: P. Ballings
Zimbabwe

 

Description of the family

Terrestrial or lithophytic ferns. Rhizome short, creeping to suberect, irregularly laterally branched, often stoloniferous. Fronds tufted, monomorphic or hemidimorphic, pinnate to 3-pinnatifid. Pinnules without a stalk or short-stalked, herbaceous to coriaceous. Veins free or anastomosing. Sporangia borne at or near vein appices either on branched basal pinnae (Anemia) or on unmodified pinnae (Mohria), without indusium.

Comment: The 2 genera, Anemia and Mohria are sometimes placed in the family of the Schizaceae.

Worldwide: 2 genera, 100+ species worldwide

 

Genera

  • Anemia Sw.
  • Mohria Sw.
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    Literature

  • 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: 1-222.
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