Ptisana Murdock

Photo: P. Ballings


Description of the genus

Rhizome massive, erect, bearing massive persistent leaf bases (stipules), forming caudex. Fronds large, 2-pinnate. Sori in bivalved synangia.


Derivation of name:  pearl bearing, referring to the synangium that is reminiscent of pearl barley.

Comment: The genus Marattia was recently split into three distinct genera: Marattia, Eupodium and Ptisana.

Worldwide: ± 20 species, palaeotropical distribution.



We have 1 taxa in the database for Ptisana.

  • Ptisana fraxinea (Sm.) Murdock var. salicifolia (Schrad.) Murdock


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