True (Leptosporangiate) ferns

Blechnum blechnoides photo: John Barkla

True or leptosporangiate ferns account for more than half of all ferns with between 11,000 and 12,000 taxa worldwide. This makes them the most diverse group of living land plants after flowering plants. They are characterised by having sporangia that arise from a single epidermal cell. Typically, the sporangium is also covered by an indusium although this may be much reduced

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This page last updated on 30 Nov 2013