- n Goniopteris terrestrial ferns of Florida and West Indies to Central and South America
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n goniopteris A genus of mostly pinnate or bipinnatifid polypodiaceous ferns, closely allied to Dryopteris. It is distinguished, in typical species, by having the lowermost branches from adjacent veins connivent in pairs, the resulting veinlet excurrent within the arch of the next anterior pair, the sori punctiform, normally non-indusiate and medial on the branches. The genus is mainly tropical: its systematic limits are ill defined. Two species, G. reptans and G. tetragona occur in peninsular Florida.