Athyrium Roth

Photo: BT. Wursten


Description of the genus

Terrestrial or epilithic ferns. Rhizome creeping or suberect to erect. Fronds monomorphic. Stipe and rhachis adaxially sulcate. Lamina pinnately compound, mostly glabrous; veins free, pinnately branched, ending short of the margin. Sori linear, borne medially along the veins or just past a fork; indusium linear to reniform, attached almost along its entire lenght, often with long marginal outgrowths.


Derivation of name:  athuréin: alluding to the variable shape of the sori

Worldwide: Near cosmopolitan genus, mostly distributed through the north temperate regions, ± 180 species.



We have 8 taxa in the database for Athyrium.

  • Athyrium ammifolium (Mett.) C.Chr.
  • Athyrium annae Kornas
  • Athyrium crassicaule J.P.Roux
  • Athyrium filix-femina (L.) Roth
  • Athyrium lewalleanum Pic.Serm.
  • Athyrium newtonii Baker
  • Athyrium rondoense Verdc.
  • Athyrium schimperi Moug. ex Fée


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