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Containing group: Angiopteris


Archangiopteris was previously considered an independent genus from Angiopteris, but molecular studies (Murdock 2008) have proven that the genus is deeply embedded within Angiopteris in a broad sense, even though it does form a monophyletic clade within this genus.

This clade differs from other Angiopteris in having once pinnate fronds with creeping dorsiventral rhizomes. In these characters the genus has some similarities with Danaea, but in this genus the pinnae are always opposite. The genera Protomarattia and Protangiopteris are well embedded within the Archangiopteris clade and cannot be kept separate for that reason.

Species of the Archangiopteris clade occur in Southern China, Hainan, Taiwan and Northern Vietnam in the understory of tropical forests.


Chang, C. (1975). Morphology of Archangiopteris Christ and Giesenhagen. Acta Phytotax. Sin. 15, pp. 235-247.

Ching, R C. (1958). A revision of the ferns genus Archangiopteris Christ and. Giesenhagen. Acta Phytotax. Sin. (in Chinese) 7, pp. 212-213; 224.

Chiou, W. L., Huang, Y. M., and Chen, C. M. (2006). Conservation of two endangered ferns, Archangiopteris somai and A. itoi (Marattiaceae: Pteridophyta), by propagation from stipules. Fern Gaz. 17, pp. 271-278.

Hayata, B. (1919). Protomarattia, a new genus of Marattiaceae, and Archangiopteris. Bot. Gaz. 67, pp. 84-92.

Mengascini, A. (2002). Caracteres diagnósticos y taxonomía 5 especies Archangiopteris Christ & Giesenh. (Marattiaceae Bercht. & J. S. Presl). Revista del Museo de la Plata, Botánica 15 (115), pp. 3-22

Murdock, A. (2008). A taxonomic revision of the eusporangiate fern family Marattiaceae, with description of a new genus Ptisana. Taxon 57, 737-755.

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Scientific Name Angiopteris henryi
Location Taiwan
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source 觀音座蓮舅科 Marattiaceae 台灣原始觀音座蓮 Archangiopteris henryi christ & Gies var. somai (Hay.) Tagawa. 96蓮華池
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Maarten Christenhusz
The Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom

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