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Thelypteris kunthii (Desv.) Morton

Southern shield fern

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
ClassFilicopsida“Leptosporangiate” (has to do with how their spores form) ferns—includes most ferns
OrderPolypodialesPolypod ferns
FamilyThelypteridaceaeA family of about 900 species, most of which are tropical, and most of which grow on rocks
GenusThelypterisFrom the Greek thelys, “female,” and pteris, “fern”

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Dryopteris normalis C. Chr.

Dryopteris saxatilis (R.P. St. John) Broun

Thelypteris macrorhizoma E.P. St. John

Thelypteris normalis (C. Chr.) Moxley

Thelypteris saxatilis R.P. St. John

Thelypteris unca R.P. St. John


Thelypteris kunthii description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Thelypteris kunthii (southern shield fern)

4/14/2015 · Gumbo Limbo Trail, Everglades National Park, Florida
≈ 24 × 16" (59 × 39 cm)


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