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Phlebodium aureum
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida/Pteridopsida
Order: Polypodiales
(unranked): Eupolypods I
Family: Polypodiaceae
Subfamily: Polypodioideae
Genus: Phlebodium
(R.Br.) J.Sm.

Phlebodium is a small genus of two to four species of ferns, native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas.[1][2][3] The genus is closely related to Polypodium, and the species were formerly included in that genus.[3]

They are epiphytic ferns, with a creeping, densely hairy or scaly rhizome bearing fronds at intervals along its length. The fronds are evergreen, persisting for 1–2 years, and are pinnatifid. The sori or groups of spore-cases (sporangia) are borne on the back of the frond.[2]




  1. ^ a b Ferns of the World: Phlebodium
  2. ^ a b c Flora of North America: Phlebodium
  3. ^ a b c Germplasm Resources Information Network: Phlebodium