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Index of Plant Families (8 families in this page)

ASPLENIACEAE
Spleenwort
DRYOPTERIDACEAE
Buckler fern
EQUISETACEAE
Horsetail
ISOETACEAE
Quillwort
POLYPODIACEAE
Polypod Fern
PTERIDACEAE
Fern
SALVINIACEAE
Salvinia
SELAGINELLACEAE
Spikemoss
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ASPLENIACEAE
Newman
( Spleenwort Family )
Subfamalies: nil.

Family Description: Rhizome dictyostelic, with clathrate scales. Petiole with 2 vascular strands, often fusing to form a single -shaped strand. Sori superficial, borne along one or both sides of the fertile veins; spores bilateral.
Botanical Name Common Name Maltese Name Flowering Period Thumbnail Picture Profile Type
L.

Main Synonym :
Ceterech officinarum
Rusty-back Fern,
Scale Fern
Felċi Tal-Ħitan Tas-Sejjieħ All year Normal Profile
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L.

Main Synonym :
No main synonyms for this taxon
Sea Spleenwort Fern Felċi Tal-Baħar All year Normal Profile
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(DC.) Bunge, A. J.

Main Synonym :
Phyllitis sagittata
Mule's Fern Felċi Tal-bir All year Normal Profile
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L.

Main Synonym :
No main synonyms for this taxon
Maidenhair Spleenwort Fern,
Common Spleenwort Fern
Felċi Rqiqa All year Normal Profile
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L.

Main Synonym :
Asplenium ceterach
Rusty-back Fern,
Scale Fern
Felċi Tal-Ħitan Tas-Sejjieħ All year Normal Profile
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DRYOPTERIDACEAE
Herter
( Buckler fern Family )
Subfamalies: Dryopteridoideae; Elaphoglossoideae

Family Description: Rhizome dictyostelic, with opaque scales. Petiole with 5-7 vascular strands; rhachis grooved, interrupted to admit grooves of costae. Sori superficial; spores bilateral.
Botanical Name Common Name Maltese Name Flowering Period Thumbnail Picture Profile Type
(L.f.) C. Presl

Main Synonym :
Polystichum falcatum
Japanese Holly Fern Felċi Ġappuniża Spring Normal Profile
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Smith

Main Synonym :
Polystichum fortunei
Asian Netvein Holly Fern Felċi Asjatika Spring Normal Profile
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EQUISETACEAE
Michaux ex DC
( Horsetail Family )
Subfamalies: nil.

Family Description: Rhizomes subterranean, far-creeping. Stems grooved and regularly jointed. Leaves in whorls, united at the base into a sheath. Homosporous; cones composed of sporangiophores; sporangia borne beneath the peltate heads of the sporangiophores; spores spherical with 4 elaters, green. Prothallus green.
Botanical Name Common Name Maltese Name Flowering Period Thumbnail Picture Profile Type
Desfrontaines

Main Synonym :
Equisetum campanulatum
Branched Horsetail Denb Iż-żiemel All year Normal Profile
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ISOETACEAE
Rchb.
( Quillwort Family )
Subfamalies: nil.

Family Description: Stem short, 2- or 3-lobed. Leaves in a rosette; leaf-base spathulate, with a membranous margin, with a delicate ligule on the adaxial surface at the point where the leaf narrows. Heterosporous; megaspores tetrahedral; microspores bilateral, in separate sporangia.
Botanical Name Common Name Maltese Name Flowering Period Thumbnail Picture Profile Type
Bory

Main Synonym :
Cephaloceraton histrix
Sand Quillwort,
Land Quillwort
Isoetes All year Normal Profile
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POLYPODIACEAE
J. Presl & C. Presl
( Polypod Fern Family )
Subfamalies: Loxogrammoideae(=Loxogrammaceae family); Drynarioideae(= Drynariaceae family); Microsoroideae(= family); Platycerioideae(= Platyceriaceae family); Polypodioideae (includes the Gymnogrammitidaceae family)

Family Description: Rhizome polystelic or solenostelic, with opaque scales. Leaves 2-ranked on the upper side of the rhizome and articulated to it; petiole with 1-3 major vascular strands. Sori superficial, without indusium; spores bilateral.
Botanical Name Common Name Maltese Name Flowering Period Thumbnail Picture Profile Type
(L.) Link

Main Synonym :
Polypodium leptophyllum
Annual Maidenhair,
Jersey Fern
Tursin Ir-riħ All Year Normal Profile
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A. Peroni, G. Peroni & S. Mifsud

Main Synonym :
No main synonyms for this taxon
Maltese Polypody Felċi Ta' Malta Dec-Mar Normal Profile
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PTERIDACEAE
E.D.M. Kirchn
( Fern Family )
Subfamalies: Cryptogrammoideae; Ceratopteridoideae; Pteridoideae; Cheilanthoideae; Vittarioideae

Family Description: Rhizome solenostelic or dictyostelic, with opaque scales. Petiole with a single U-shaped strand. Sori submarginal, forming coenosori which are borne on the veinlet connecting the vein ends, and which are covered by the scarious, deflexed leaf-margins; spores tetrahedral, opaque.
Botanical Name Common Name Maltese Name Flowering Period Thumbnail Picture Profile Type
L.

Main Synonym :
Adiantum michelii
Maidenhair Fern,
Black Maiden Fern,
Venus Hairfern
Tursin Il-Bir All Year Normal Profile
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L.

Main Synonym :
No main synonyms for this taxon
Cretan Brake,
Ribbon Fern
Pteris All year Normal Profile
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L.

Main Synonym :
Pteris longifolia
Ladder Brake,
Chinese Brake Fern
Pteris All year Normal Profile
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SALVINIACEAE
Martinov
( Salvinia Family )
Subfamalies: nil.

Family Description: Stems slender, branched, floating. Leaves in whorls of 3, very hairy; 2 of the leaves entire, floating, the third submerged. Heterosporous; sori at the base of the submerged leaves, stalked, surrounded by a thin-walled, hairy indusium, and consisting of either numerous microsporangia or a few megasporangia, or occasionally mixed.
Botanical Name Common Name Maltese Name Flowering Period Thumbnail Picture Profile Type


SELAGINELLACEAE
Willk.
( Spikemoss Family )
Subfamalies: nil.

Family Description: Stems erect or creeping. Leaves numerous, simple, small, 1-veined, with a ligule on the adaxial surface. Heterosporous; sporangia grouped in strobili; individual sporangia solitary at the base of the sporophylls, unilocular; spores tetrahedral.
Botanical Name Common Name Maltese Name Flowering Period Thumbnail Picture Profile Type
(L.) Spring

Main Synonym :
Lycopodium denticulatum
Tooth-leaved Clubmoss,
Mediterranean Clubmoss
Selaġinella All year Normal Profile
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