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FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 2 | Schizaeaceae

1. Schizaea Smith, 5: 419, plate 9, fig. 9. 1793.

Curly-grass fern [Greek schizein, split, i.e., split into narrow lobes]

Warren H. Wagner Jr.

Plants terrestrial. Roots blackish, very narrow, tangled, practically glabrous. Stems upright to reclining; hairs few celled, uniseriate. Leaves all fertile or dimorphic with some sterile, lacking blades, mainly unbranched, long-petioled. Fertile blades folded and fistlike or pectinate, pinnate, segments (digits) arising along rachis on distal 3--10 mm; sterile leaves straight or often curling. Sporangia in 2 rows. Gametophytes growing mixed with mosses, green (photosynthetic), delicately filamentous, lacking hairs. x = 77, 94, 103.

Species 10 (1 in the flora): mainly tropical.

Lower Taxon


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