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Key to Pteridaceae

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1. Leaves of 2 kinds, fertile more , with longer stipes, longer, narrower segments than sterile ..... CRYPTOGRAMMA

1' Leaves of ± 1 kind (in Aspidotis densa fertile, sterile ± dissimilar)

2. Leaf segment margin generally not , ± unmodified, not covering sporangia; sporangia along veins

3. Leaf 1-pinnate;  adaxially glabrous or with scales

4. Pinna adaxially with  scales, margins shallowly (not deeply) pinnately lobed or dissected or not ..... ASTROLEPIS

4' Pinna adaxially glabrous, margins ± wavy, not lobed or dissected ..... Pellaea bridgesii

3' Leaf either 1-pinnate with pinnae pinnately dissected or leaf generally more divided; leaf adaxially glabrous, glandular, or ± covered with exudate, scales 0

5. Sporangia along veins for outer 1/3–2/3; leaf segments narrowed at base ..... ARGYROCHOSMA (2)

5' Sporangia along veins ± throughout (best seen on immature, fertile leaf); leaf segments not narrowed at base ..... PENTAGRAMMA

2' Leaf segment margin generally recurved at least partly, often modified, generally covering sporangia at least partly; sporangia at or near vein tips, so appearing marginal

6. Sporangia borne on and covered by highly modified, recurved part of segment margin (false indusium); segments fan-shaped or , thin-textured ..... ADIANTUM

6' Sporangia borne on unmodified segment surface, generally covered at least partly by modified or unmodified, recurved part of segment margin (false indusium); segments , round, or other, generally thick-textured

7. Leaf generally > 40 cm, stipe green to brown, ± thick ..... PTERIS

7' Leaf generally < 40 cm, if larger, stipe ± black and wiry (except in Pellaea andromedifolia)

8. Leaf abaxially with scales, hairs, or glands ..... MYRIOPTERIS

8' Leaf abaxially glabrous or covered with colored exudate, scales 0

9. Leaf abaxially densely covered with white or yellow exudate, adaxially sparsely dotted with same ..... NOTHOLAENA

9' Leaf without exudate (except some species of Pellaea and abaxially in Argyrochosma limitanea)

10. Sterile leaf segments ± , connected by  tissue or not, toothed or not; false  wide, scarious ..... ASPIDOTIS

10' Sterile leaf segments (and fertile) stalked (except Pellaea breweri), not connected by blade tissue, not toothed; false indusium 0 or narrow or wide, scarious, not scarious, or ± scarious at margin

11. Sporangia along veins for outer 1/3–2/3;  scales without dark mid-stripe; false indusium 0 ..... ARGYROCHOSMA (2)

11' Sporangia along veins only at tips; rhizome scales often with dark mid-stripe; false indusium present (except Pellaea bridgesii) ..... PELLAEA


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