Tectariaceae - Mother ferns and dotted ferns.
Photo: P. Ballings
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.