Pteridophyta: Hymenophyllales

Hymenophyllaceae - Filmy-fern family

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011) Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983) The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria.

Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca

Description of the family

Mostly epiphytic (some terrestrial or epilithic) ferns. Rhizome widely creeping to short and suberect, slender, irregularly branched, also with short adhesive hairs. Fronds monomorphic, widely spaced or approximate, arranged in 1 row or tufted. Stipe with a single circular stele; obsolete or distinct, narrowly winged distally or along the entire length. Lamina simple or divided, exceptionally thin (1 cell thick) and delicate, ultimate segments one-veined; rhachis winged or not; venation free. Sporangia borne on slender receptacle within tubular cup-shaped or deeply 2-cleft indusium, homosporus, spores green.

Worldwide: 9 genera and ca. 600 species, tropical and temperate.

Zambia: 3 genera and 5 taxa.

Hymenophyllum kuhnii

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Abrodictyum C. PreslDescription, Image
Crepidomanes (C. Presl ) C. PreslDescription, Image
Hymenophyllum Sm.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Hymenophyllaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Hymenophyllaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Hymenophyllaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Hymenophyllaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Hymenophyllaceae
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Hymenophyllaceae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=106, retrieved 27 June 2017

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