Monographs Details: Anemia
Authority: Maguire, Bassett. 1969. The botany of the Guayana Highland-part VIII. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 18: 1-290.
Scientific Name:Anemia
Description:Genus Description - Rhizomes compact or short-creeping to ascending, sometimes multicipital, hairy, the hairs cylindrical to moniliform, with long cells, concolorous, lax to stiff, pale brown to reddish-brown or orange; stipes sulcate, stramineous to dark brown, often hairy like the rhizomes; laminae occasionally fully dimorphic, usually only the basal pinna pair fertile, these pinnae usually erect and partially connate, the sterile portion of the blade pinnate to decompound, triangular to ovate or oblong; ultimate sterile segments plane or nearly so, entire, linear and unicostate to nearly flabellate, often hairy; ultimate fertile segments strongly inrolled, beadlike, reduced, often hairy; veins free; sori in two rows on the ultimate segments of the fertile pinnae.

Distribution and Ecology - About 90 species in the American, African, and southern Indian tropical and subtropical regions


Ornithopteris Bernh., Neues Jour. Bot. Schrad. 1(2): 40. 1805. nom rej. Type. Osmunda adiantifolia L. [= Anemia adiantifolia (L.) Swartz], chosen by C. Christensen (Ind. Fil. LVI. 1906).

Coptophyllum Gardn., Lond. Jour. Bot. 1: 133. 1842. Lectotype. C. buniifolium Gardn. [= Anemia biiniifolia (Gardn.) Moore], chosen by C. Christensen (Ind. Fil. LVI. 1906).

Hemianemia (Prantl) Reed, Bol. Soc. Brot. II. 21: 154. 1948. Lectotype. Osmunda tomentosa Sav. in Lam. [=Anemia tomentosa (Sav.) Swartz], chosen by Reed (Bol.Soc. Brot II. 21:160. 1947)

Lectotype. Osmunda phyllitidis L. [=Anemia phyllitidis (L.) Swartz], chosen by Maxon [N. Am . Fl. 16(1): 39. 1909].