Pteridophyta: Polypodiales

Dennstaedtiaceae - Bracken and ground ferns

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

Large terrestrial ferns. Rhizomes subterranean, short erect or creeping, with reddish hairs. Fronds monomorphic, large with long stipes, 3-4-pinnate. Veins free or rarely anastomosing, without included veinlets, mostly ending near or in the margin. Indumentum variable. Sori circular or elongate, confined to the sinuses, marginal, sub-marginal or superficial near the margin. Exindusiate or indusium cup-shaped, a modified lobe margin, a reflexed margin or a well developed outer marginal and partially developed inner indusium, composed of groups of closely spaced acicular hairs.

Worldwide: 11 genera and c. 170 species, cosmopolitan

Botswana: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

Microlepia speluncae

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Microlepia C. PreslDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Dennstaedtiaceae:

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Flora of Caprivi: Dennstaedtiaceae
Flora of Malawi: Dennstaedtiaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Dennstaedtiaceae
Flora of Zambia: Dennstaedtiaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Dennstaedtiaceae

External websites:

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

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 Botswana: Family page: Dennstaedtiaceae., retrieved 28 January 2023

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