Photo: JE. Burrows
Description of the genus
Rhizome short, horizontal. Fronds closely spaced, grass-like, narrowly linear. Fertile portion in an apical, comb-like, pinnate segment, its segments with narrow margins. Sporangia born in a single row on each side of a segment vein, covered by the pinnae margin when young, but later produting.
Derivation of name: schizein: to split, referring to the finely divided, comb-like, pinnate apical portion of the fertile frond.
Worldwide: 20-28 species, pantropical distribution
Key to the species of Schizaea: PDF
We have 3 taxa in the database for Schizaea.