Pteridophyta: Polypodiales

Tectariaceae - Mother ferns and dotted ferns.

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

Description of the family

Terrestrial or lithophytic ferns. Rhizome short and erect or widely creeping, with scales. Fronds monomorphic,tufted or widely spaced; simple to 2-pinnate, lower pinnae often basiscopically developed, often with proliferating buds along the lamina axes; veins pinnately branched, free or anastomosing. Sori circular; indusium peltate or reniform, homosporus.

Worldwide: 8-15 genra, c. 230 species worldwide.

Malawi: 2 genera and 3 taxa.

Tectaria gemmifera

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Arthropteris J. Sm.Description, Image
Tectaria Cav.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Tectariaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Tectariaceae., retrieved 19 April 2024

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