Oleandraceae - Crevice creepers

Photo: P. Ballings
Zimbabwe

 

Description of the family

Terrestrial or lithophytic ferns. Rhizome scandent or wide-creeping, laterally branched. Stipe articulated. Fronds monomorphic, numerous, widely spaced, simple, deciduous, venation free. Sori circular, in a single row on either side of the midrib near costae; indusium kidney-shaped, opening outwards, homosporous.

Comment: The genus Arthropteris has recently been put within the family of the Tectariaceae.

Worldwide: 1 genus and c. 40 species worldwide.

 

Genera

  • Oleandra Cav.
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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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