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Electronic Flora of South Australia genus Fact Sheet

Family: Dennstaedtiaceae

Citation: Bernh., J. Bot. (Schrader) 1806, 1(2):34 (1806).

Derivation: Greek hypo, below; lepis, a scale; alluding to the scale-like indusium.

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Terrestrial ferns with a creeping rhizome clad with hairs; fronds small to very large, decompound finely dissected; pinnae and pinnules usually oblique to the midrib; veins free; sori orbicular, superficial and lacking an indusium or close to the margin and protected, at least when young, by a false indusium formed by the reflexed margin.

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Image source: fig. 17l & m in J.P. Jessop and H.R. Toelken Ed. 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Distribution:  About 50 species; 6 in Australia.

Biology: No text

Key to Species:
1. Rhizome 7-10 mm thick; young frond densely white-glandular-hairy, sticky; young sorus covered by a well-developed indusium
H. dicksonioides 1.
1. Rhizome 3-5 mm thick; young frond with sparse pale-brown glandular hairs; young sorus partially covered by an indusium or indusium not developed
H. rugosula 2.

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