Schizaeaceae

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Schizaeaceae
Waratah Track Comb Fern.JPG
Schizaea cf. bifida from Waratah Track, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Australia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida /
 Pteridopsida (disputed)
Order: Schizaeales
Family: Schizaeaceae
Kaulf.
Genera

Schizaeaceae is a family of 35 to 40 species of small ferns, chiefly tropical. Genera historically treated as belonging to this family include Anemia, Lygodium, and Mohria. However, striking differences in morphology and chromosome numbers, as well as known fossil history, indicate that these are best segregated into different families.

As in Osmunda, the sporangia are borne on specialised pinnae, distinct from ordinary vegetative pinnae.