Blechnaceae

Blechnum L.

Photo: BT. Wursten
Mozambique

 

Description of the genus

Rhizome with brown scales; lamina 1-pinnatifid or 1-pinnate. Fronds strongly dimorphic with fertile and sterile fronds; the fertile overtopping the sterile. Veins free in sterile fronds. Sori extending ± the full length of the fertile pinnae, linear; indusium linear.

 

Derivation of name:  blechnon: a fern

Worldwide: 150 - 200 species, worldwide, but concentrated in the southern hemisphere

 

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