VASCULAR PLANTS OF UPPER NEWPORT BAY
WOOD FERN FAMILY

DRYOPTERIDACEAE
Perennial in soil or rock crevices; rhizome generally short-creeping, suberect, or erect, scales large, generally tan to brown, generally 1-colored; lvs. generally tufted, 5-200 cm., generally +/- alike; petiole generally firm , base generally darker, with 2-many vascular strands; blade 1-4 pinnate, often with scales, hair-like scales, hairs, or short-stalked glands on axes, sometimes between veins, veins free to netted; first degree and second degree axes generally grooved on upper side; sori round, less often oblong or J-shaped, along or at the tips of veins; indusia peltate, round-reniform, oblong to linear, J-shaped, hood-like, or cup-like, rarely 0; spores elliptic, winged, ridged, or spiny, scar linear. (Hickman, Ed. 91).

Upper Newport Bay species within the family:
Cyrtomium falcatum
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