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Polypodiaceae J. Presl & C. Presl
the fern family
Polypodiaceae is derived from the Greek πολυς (polys), much, many, great, and πους, ποδος (pous, podos) a foot. These are mostly epiphytic ferns, though sometimes terrestrial or rupestral, with a rhizome that is generally creeping, though sometimes scandent. The fronds are mostly long-stipitate, mostly articulate to the rhizome, the vascular bundles are several to numerous in a simple ring, the lamina simple, pinnatifid or pinnate (rarely digitally lobed). The sori are without indusia, small, and scattered over the lamina, generally superficial, or large circular or oval in one to several rows either side of the costae.
Drynaria rigidula - Basket Fern
Phlebodium pseudoaureum - Blue Rabbit's Ear Fern
Platycerium bifurcatum - Elkhorn
Platycerium veitchii - Silver Elkhorn
Photograph from The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland, Thomas Moore, 1857, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
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