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Mastigophoraceae Schuster, J. Hattori Bot. Lab. 36: 345. 1972.

W. B. Schofield

Plants large, 5--15 cm; branching exclusively terminal, pinnate to bipinuate. Stem with cortical cells collenchymatous, cuticle smooth; anisophyllous. Leaves asymmetric, the antical lobe larger and undivided, the postical 1--4 subdivided; dioicous. Sexual condition with sexual branches short; perianth rudimentary, often divided into lobed bracts. Capsule spherical, epidermal cells largely without secondary thickenings.

Genera 2 (1 in the flora): Predominantly Old World tropical and subtropical to Southern Hemisphere temperate (New Zealand).

The only genus of the family in the North Temerate Zone is Mastigophora..


Inoue, H. Memoir of the Genus Mastigophora Nees. Bull. Nat. Sci. Museum (Tokyo) 14: 603--608.

Lower Taxon


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