Description of the genus
Plants terrestrial or epilithic. Rhizome erect or suberect; rhizome scales rather broad with few hairs. Fronds monomorphic, 2-pinnatifid, pinnae gradually decrescent towards base and apex. Veins free, veins of the pinna lobes not meeting below the sinus. Sori round, exindusiate or with a very small indusium.
Derivation of name: amaurus: obscure, pelta: shield; alluding to the very small indusium.
Worldwide: c. 200 species, neotropical distribution with a few species in Africa and the Madagascan region.
We have 5 taxa in the database for Amauropelta.