Photo: P. Ballings
Description of the genus
Rhizome subterranean, widely creeping, slender. Fronds large, widely spaced, 2-5-pinnatifid; veins free, rarely anastomosing. Sori small, ± circular, terminal on the veins and confined to the lobe sinuses; pseudo-indusium formed by a reflexed marginal flap. Spores monolete.
Derivation of name: hypo: under, lepis: scale; the sori are covered by a modified, scale-like flap of the margin
Worldwide: c. 40 species in tropical and warm regions of the world
We have 3 taxa in the database for Hypolepis.