The Filicophyta (alternately Pteridophyta) are the familiar group of
vascular plants commonly called "Ferns". These plants typically bear
sporangia in clusters (sori) on the undersides of their conspicuous
The group exhibits a large degree of morphological variation ranging
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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