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Pityrogramma austroamericana.jpg
Pityrogramma austroamericana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida/Pteridopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Pteridaceae

Acrostichaceae A.B.Frank
Actiniopteridaceae Pic. Serm.
Adiantaceae Newman nom. cons.
Anopteraceae Doweld
Antrophyaceae Ching
Ceratopteridaceae Underw.
Cheilanthaceae M.P.Nayar
Cryptogrammaceae Pic.Serm.
Hemionitidaceae Pic.Serm.
Negripteridaceae Pic.Serm.
Parkeriaceae Hook.
Platyzomataceae Nakai
Sinopteridaceae Koidz.
Taenitidaceae Pic.Serm.
Vittariaceae Ching[1]

Pteridaceae is a family of ferns in the order Polypodiales.,[2] including some 1150 known species in ca 45 genera[3] (depending on taxonomic opinions), divided over five subfamilies.[4] Members of the family have creeping or erect rhizomes and are mostly terrestrial or epipetric (growing on rock). The leaves are almost always compound and have linear sori that are typically on the margins of the leaves and lack a true indusium, typically being protected by a false indusium formed from the reflexed margin of the leaf. The family includes four groups of genera that are sometimes recognized as separate families: the adiantoid, cheilanthoid, pteroid, and hemionitidoid ferns. Relationships among these groups remain unclear, and although some recent genetic analyses of the Pteridales suggest that neither the family Pteridaceae nor the major groups within it are all monophyletic, as yet these analyses are insufficiently comprehensive and robust to provide good support for a revision of the order at the family level.

Traditional groups[edit]

Curtis's botanical magazine, Argyrochosma nivea var. tenera

As traditionally defined, the groups within Pteridaceae are as follows:

  • Adiantoid ferns (tribe Adianteae Gaudich. 1829[5]); epipetric, terrestrial or epiphytic in moist habitats, rachis often dichotomously branching; sori relatively small and discrete with sporangia born on the false indusium rather than the leaf blade proper; only one genus:
  • Cheilanthoid ferns; primarily epipetric in semiarid habitats; leaves mostly with well-developed scales or trichomes, often bipinnate or otherwise highly compound; sporangia mostly born in marginal sori with false indusia that are +/- continuous around the leaf margins; several genera, including:
  • Pteridoid ferns (tribe Pterideae J. Sm 1841[8]); terrestrial and epipetric in moist habitats; leaves mostly without prominent scales or trichomes, most often pinnate but sometimes more compound; sporangia born in marginal sori with false indusia that are +/- continuous around the leaf margins; several genera, including:
  • Parkerioid ferns (tribe Parkerieae Brongn. 1843[9]); aquatic in swamps and/or mangroves, including:
  • Hemionitidoid ferns; terrestrial, epipetric or epiphytic in moist or semiarid habitats; leaves simple, pinnate, or more compound; sporangia born in linear non-marginal, exindusiate sori or sometimes in marginal sori; several genera, including:
  • Vittarioid ferns (tribe Vittarieae C. Presl 1836[10]); primarily epiphytic in tropical regions and all have simple leaves with sori that follow the veins and lack true indusia:


Based on phylogenetic research, Christenhusz et al. (2011) divided the Pteridaceae genera into the following subfamilies.[2] These roughly correspond with the groups listed above, with the main difference being that adiantoid and vittarioid ferns are combined under the Vittarioideae subfamily name.

(=) Cryptogrammaceae Pic. Serm. 1963
Genera: Coniogramme, Cryptogramma, Llavea
(=) Parkerioideae
(=) Parkeriaceae Hook. 1825
(=) Ceratopteridaceae Underw. 1900
Genera: Acrostichum, Ceratopteris
Genera: Actiniopteris, Anogramma, Aspleniopsis, Austrogramme, Cerosora, Cosentinia, Jamesonia (incl. Eriosorus), Nephopteris, Onychium, Pityrogramma, Pteris (incl. Neurocallis & Platyzoma), Pterozonium, Syngramma, Taenitis
(=) Cheilanthaceae B.K. Nayar 1970
Genera: Adiantopsis, Aleuritopteris, Argyrochosma, Aspidotis, Astrolepis, Bommeria, Calciphilopteris, Cassebeera, Cheilanthes, Cheiloplecton, Doryopteris, Hemionitis, Mildella, Notholaena, Paraceterach, Paragymnopteris, Pellaea, Pentagramma, Trachypteris, Tryonella
(=) Adiantoideae (C.Presl) R.M.Tryon 1986
(=) Adiantaceae Newman 1840
Genera: Adiantum, Ananthacorus, Anetium, Antrophyum, Haplopteris, Hecistopteris, Monogramma, Polytaenium, Radiovittaria, Rheopteris, Scoliosorus, Vittaria

Phylogenic relationships[edit]

The following phylogram, showing the relationships between the subfamilies listed above, is based on Schuettpelz & Pryer (2008).[11][12]








  1. ^ a b "Family: Pteridaceae E. D. M. Kirchn.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2001-08-14. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  2. ^ a b Christenhusz, Maarten J. M.; Zhang, Xian-Chun; Schneider, Harald (18 February 2011). "A linear sequence of extant families and genera of lycophytes and ferns" (PDF). Phytotaxa. 19: 7–54. ISSN 1179-3163. 
  3. ^ Christenhusz, M. J. M. & Byng, J. W. (2016). "The number of known plants species in the world and its annual increase". Phytotaxa. Magnolia Press. 261 (3): 201–217. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.261.3.1. 
  4. ^ Christenhusz, M. J. M. & Chase, M. W. (2014). "Trends and concepts in fern classification". Annals of Botany. 113: 571–594. 
  5. ^ Adianteae Missouri Botanical Garden. 14 Jan 2012
  6. ^ a b c d e "Pteridaceae". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "GRIN Genera of Pteridaceae". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  8. ^ Pterideae Missouri Botanical Garden. 14 Jan 2012
  9. ^ Parkerieae Missouri Botanical Garden. 14 Jan 2012
  10. ^ Vittarieae Missouri Botanical Garden. 14 Jan 2012
  11. ^ Schuettpelz & Pryer (2008) "Fern phylogeny" in Biology and Evolution of Ferns and Lycophytes, ed. Tom A. Ranker and Christopher H. Haufler. Cambridge University Press 2008
  12. ^ Schuettpelz et al. (2007) Eric Schuettpelz, Harald Schneider, Layne Huiet, Michael D. Windham, Kathleen M. Pryer: "A molecular phylogeny of the fern family Pteridaceae: Assessing overall relationships and the affinities of previously unsampled genera." Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 44 (2007) 1172–1185

External links[edit]

Data related to Pteridaceae at Wikispecies