129.000 Ceratopteris Brongn.

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Description of the genus

Aquatic ferns or found in swamps. Rhizome short, erect. Stipe thick, green, succulent. Fronds tufted, strongly dimorphic; fertile fronds larger, more dissected, bearing narrower linear segments than the sterile fronds; sterile fronds often proliferous. Veins anastomosing, without included veinlets. Sporangia sessile, borne along the veins beneath the reflexed lamina margin functioning as an indusium.

Derivation of name: keras: horn, pteris: fern; an allusion to the staghorn-like shape of the fertile fronds.

Worldwide: ± 4 species, pantropical distribution

Malawi: 1 taxon.

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Ceratopteris.
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