Pteridophyta: Hymenophyllales

Hymenophyllaceae - Filmy-fern family

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

Description of the family

Mostly epiphytic (some terrestrial or epilithic) ferns. Rhizome widely creeping to short and suberect, slender, irregularly branched, also with short adhesive hairs. Fronds monomorphic, widely spaced or approximate, arranged in 1 row or tufted. Stipe with a single circular stele; obsolete or distinct, narrowly winged distally or along the entire length. Lamina simple or divided, exceptionally thin (1 cell thick) and delicate, ultimate segments one-veined; rhachis winged or not; venation free. Sporangia borne on slender receptacle within tubular cup-shaped or deeply 2-cleft indusium, homosporus, spores green.

Worldwide: 9 genera and ca. 600 species, tropical and temperate.

Malawi: 5 genera and 14 taxa.

Hymenophyllum kuhnii

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

Abrodictyum C. PreslDescription, Image
Crepidomanes (C. Presl ) C. PreslDescription, Image
Didymoglossum Desv.Description, Image
Hymenophyllum Sm.Description, Image
Polyphlebium Copel.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Hymenophyllaceae:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Hymenophyllaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Hymenophyllaceae
Flora of Zambia: Hymenophyllaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Hymenophyllaceae

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Family page: Hymenophyllaceae., retrieved 23 April 2024

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