Pteridophyta: Polypodiales

Thelypteridaceae - Marsh fern family

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011) Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983) The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria.

Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13

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

Description of the family

Terrestrial or epilithic ferns. Rhizome creeping or sub- to erect, simple or branched with narrow or broad scales on the rhizome and main axes. Fronds monomorphic, tufted or widely spaced. Stipe not articulated. Lamina 1-2-pinnate (-3-pinnatifid), sometimes with proliferating buds on the rhachis, with hairs occuring on the axes and lamina surfaces; venation simple or branched, free or anastomising, often with an excurrent vein running to the sinus between two pinna lobes, ending near or in the margin. Sori circular to linear, not marginal, exindusiate or with reniform indusium, homosporous.

Worldwide: c.1000 species, the generic classification for the family is diverse depending on which author is being used, ± cosmopolitan.

Malawi: 8 genera and 16 taxa.

Amauropelta bergiana var. bergiana

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

Amauropelta KunzeDescription, Image
Ampelopteris KunzeDescription, Image
Christella H. Lév.Description, Image
Cyclosorus LinkDescription, Image
Pneumatopteris NakaiDescription, Image
Pseudocyclosorus ChingDescription, Image
Stegnogramma BlumeDescription
Thelypteris SchmidelDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Thelypteridaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Thelypteridaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Thelypteridaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Thelypteridaceae
Flora of Zambia: Thelypteridaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Thelypteridaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Thelypteridaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Thelypteridaceae
Wikipedia: Thelypteridaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Family page: Thelypteridaceae., retrieved 28 March 2023

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