Gleichenia Sm.


Description of the genus

Rhizome bearing lanceolate or deeply laciniate scales, resembling stellate hairs in appearance. Fronds branching repeatedly into two as a result of the abortion of the terminal buds, without a pair of stipule-like pinnae at the primary branching of the fronds. Ultimate segments borne only on the distal lamina axes; veins simple or forked once. Branches of lamina with dormant apices of the highest order 2-pinnatifid. Sori with very few sporangia.


Derivation of name:  Gleichenia: named after Baron von Gleichen-Ruswurm (1717-1783), German naturalist.

Worldwide: c. 10 spec, paleotropical and austral distribution


Key to the species of Gleichenia: PDF


We have 2 taxa in the database for Gleichenia.

  • Gleichenia elongata Baker
  • Gleichenia polypodioides (L.) Sm.


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