Flora of Southwest Virginia
Phylum Filicophyta

The Filicophyta (alternately Pteridophyta) are the familiar group of free-sporing vascular plants commonly called "Ferns". These plants typically bear their sporangia in clusters (sori) on the undersides of their conspicuous leaves. The group exhibits a large degree of morphological variation ranging from large "tree ferns" to tiny floating aquatic forms.
*NOTE: Family placement  follows Radford, A.E., H.E. Ahles and C.R. Bell. 1968. Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas. The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill.

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Family Ophioglossaceae

Family Osmundaceae Family Pteridaceae Family Aspidiaceae Family Aspleniaceae Family Polypodiaceae back to southwest Virginia flora