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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Tracheophyta
Divisio: Pteridophyta
Classis: Polypodiopsida
Ordo: Polypodiales

Familia: Tectariaceae
Genera: Aenigmopteris – Hypoderris – Psomiocarpa – Pteridrys – Tectaria – Triplophyllum – Wagneriopteris

Tectariaceae Panigrahi, 1986

Type genus: Tectaria Cav., 1799




Christenhusz, M.J.M., Zhang, X.-C. & Schneider, H. 2011. A linear sequence of extant families and genera of lycophytes and ferns. Phytotaxa 19: 7–54. DOI: 10.11646/phytotaxa.19.1.2 Open access. Reference page
Liu, Hong-Mei, Jiang, Ri-Hong, Guo, Jian, Hovenkamp, Peter, Perrie, Leon R., Shepherd, Lara, Hennequin, Sabine, Schneider, Harald (2013) Towards a phylogenetic classification of the climbing fern genus Arthropteris. Taxon 62(4):688–700.
Wang, F.-G. et al. 2014: On the monophyly of subfamily Tectarioideae (Polypodiaceae) and the phylogenetic placement of some associated fern genera. Phytotaxa 164(1): 1–16. DOI: 10.11646/phytotaxa.164.1.1 Reference page.
Panigrahi, Gopinath. (1986) "Tectariaceae fam. nov. to replace Aspidiaceae Mtt. ex Frank, nom. illeg. (Pteridophyta)." J. Orissa Bot. Soc. 8:41-42.
Smith, A.R., Pryer, K.M., Schuettpelz, E., Korall, P., Schneider, H. & Wolf, P.G. 2006. A classification for extant ferns. Taxon 55(3): 705–731. DOI: 10.2307/25065646 JSTOR ResearchGate PDF. Reference page.

Tectariaceae is a family of leptosporangiate ferns in the order Polypodiales. In the Pteridophyte Phylogeny Group classification of 2016 (PPG I), the family is placed in the suborder Polypodiineae.[1] Alternatively, it may be treated as the subfamily Tectarioideae of a very broadly defined family Polypodiaceae sensu lato.[2] The family comprises seven genera, of which Tectaria is by far the largest.[1]


In 1990, Karl U. Kramer and coauthors treated Pleocnemia and 7 of the currently recognized genera as a subfamily of Dryopteridaceae.[3] Two other genera, Arthropteris and Psammiosorus, along with Oleandra, constituted Kramer's Oleandraceae. It is now known that Kramer's version of Dryopteridaceae is polyphyletic. Arthropteris (including Psammiosorus) lies within Tectariaceae and Tectariaceae is sister to a clade consisting of Oleandraceae, Davalliaceae, and Polypodiaceae.[4] In 2006, in a revision of fern classification, Tectariaceae was an accepted family.[5] In 2007, a molecular phylogenetic study of Dryopteridaceae included Pleocnemia and showed that it belongs in Dryopteridaceae.[6] Also in 2007, Dracoglossum was named as a new genus.[7] It has since been removed to Lomariopsidaceae.

The following cladogram for the suborder Polypodiineae (eupolypods I), based on the consensus cladogram in the Pteridophyte Phylogeny Group classification of 2016 (PPG I),[1] shows a likely phylogenetic relationship between Tectariaceae and the other families of the clade.

Polypodiineae (eupolypods I)










In 2016, a cladistic analysis of Tectariaceae separated two new genera, Draconopteris and Malaifilix, from Tectaria sensu stricto. The analysis arranged the genera as follows:[8]










As of November 2019, the Checklist of Ferns and Lycophytes of the World accepted the following genera. Polydictyum was separated from Tectaria after the publication of PPG I in 2016.[9]

Arthropteris J.Sm.
Draconopteris Li Bing Zhang & Liang Zhang
Hypoderris R.Br.
Malaifilix Li Bing Zhang & Schuettp.
Polydictyum C.Presl
Pteridrys C.Chr. & Ching
Tectaria Cav.
Triplophyllum Holttum


PPG I (2016), "A community-derived classification for extant lycophytes and ferns", Journal of Systematics and Evolution, 54 (6): 563–603, doi:10.1111/jse.12229, S2CID 39980610
Christenhusz, Maarten J.M. & Chase, Mark W. (2014). "Trends and concepts in fern classification". Annals of Botany. 113 (9): 571–594. doi:10.1093/aob/mct299. PMC 3936591. PMID 24532607.
Karl U. Kramer (with Richard E. Holttum, Robin C. Moran, and Alan R. Smith). 1990. "Dryopteridaceae". pages ??. In: Klaus Kubitzki (general editor); Karl U. Kramer and Peter S. Green (volume editors) The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants volume I. Springer-Verlag: Berlin;Heidelberg, Germany. ISBN 978-0-387-51794-0
Eric Schuettpelz and Kathleen M. Pryer. 2007. "Fern phylogeny inferred from 400 leptosporangiate species and three plastid genes" Taxon 56(4):1037–1050. doi:10.2307/25065903 (See External links below).
Alan R. Smith, Kathleen M. Pryer, Eric Schuettpelz, Petra Korall, Harald Schneider, and Paul G. Wolf. 2006. "A classification for extant ferns." Taxon 55(3):705-731. doi:10.2307/25065646 (See External links below).
Hong-Mei Liu, Xian-Chun Zhang, Wei Wang, Yin-Long Qiu, and Zhi-Duan Chen. 2007. "Molecular Phylogeny of the Fern Family Dryopteridaceae inferred from Chloroplast rbcL and atpB genes". International Journal of Plant Sciences 168(9):1311-1323. doi:10.1086/521710
Maarten J.M. Christenhusz. 2007. "Dracoglossum, a new Neotropical fern genus (Pteridophyta)". Thaiszia Journal of Botany 17:1-10.
Liang Zhang, Eric Schuettpelz, Carl J. Rothfels, Xin-Mao Zhou, Xin-Fen Gao, and Li-Bing Zhang. 2016. "Circumscription and phylogeny of the fern family Tectariaceae based on plastid and nuclear markers, with the description of two new genera: Draconopteris and Malaifilix (Tectariaceae)". Taxon 65(4):723–738. doi:10.12705/654.3
Hassler, Michael & Schmitt, Bernd (November 2019). "Tectariaceae". Checklist of Ferns and Lycophytes of the World. 8.11. Retrieved 2019-11-28.

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