Photo: P. Ballings
Description of the genus
Plants terrestrial or lithophytic. Rhizome short, creeping to erect, with hairs. Fronds tufted, herbaceous, hemidimorphic, pinnate to 2-pinnate, with the basal pair of pinnae usually fertile. venation free. Fertile pinnae markedly different to the sterile pinnae, long-petiolate, dissected, with much-contracted segments bearing sporangia in 2 rows on each segment.
Derivation of name: Aneimon means naked, this refers to the uncovered sporangia.
Worldwide: c.100 species in tropical and warm areas, especially America; few species in Africa, Madagascar and the Indian subcontinent.
We have 6 taxa in the database for Anemia.