Osmundaceae

Osmunda L.

 

Description of the genus

Rhizome erect, without scales, covered with a mass of persistent winged leaf-bases. Lamina 2-pinnate, with the fertile pinnules borne at the apex; veins free. Fertile pinnules markedly different, namely much narrower, than the sterile pinnules. Sporangia borne in dense clusters on both sides of fertile pinnules.

 

Worldwide: c. 7 species, subcosmopolitan distribution

 

 

We have 1 taxa in the database for Osmunda.

  • Osmunda regalis L.
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    Literature

  • 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: 1-222.
  • Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta. Flora Zambesiaca, 0: 1-254.
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