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Beech ferns
Phegopteris hexagonoptera1.JPG
Phegopteris hexagonoptera in spring
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Pteridopsida
Order: Athyriales
Family: Thelypteridaceae
Genus: Phegopteris

Phegopteris is a genus of ferns known collectively as the Beech ferns. Traditionally this genus included only the first three species listed. However, recent genetic evidence clearly shows that the genera Macrothelypteris and Pseudophegopteris, as well as other segregates from the genus Thelypteris, are closely related to Phegopteris in a single clade,[1] and so are now included as Phegopteris species.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Smith, Alan R.; Cranfill, Raymond B. (2002), "Intrafamilial Relationships of the Thelypteroid Ferns (Thelypteridaceae)", American Fern Journal 92 (2): 131, doi:10.1640/0002-8444(2002)092[0131:IROTTF]2.0.CO;2 

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