Culcita (plant)

Culcita is a genus of ferns, native to the Americas, Macaronesia and Iberian Peninsula. It is the only genus in the family Culcitaceae in the Pteridophyte Phylogeny Group classification of 2016 (PPG I).[1] Alternatively, the family may be treated as the subfamily Culcitoideae of a very broadly defined family Cyatheaceae,[2] the placement used for the genus in Plants of the World Online as of November 2019.[3]

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Culcita macrocarpa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Division: Polypodiophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida
Order: Cyatheales
Family: Culcitaceae
Genus: Culcita


Only two species are known:[4]


  1. ^ PPG I (2016), "A community-derived classification for extant lycophytes and ferns", Journal of Systematics and Evolution, 54 (6): 563–603, doi:10.1111/jse.12229, S2CID 39980610
  2. ^ Christenhusz, Maarten J.M. & Chase, Mark W. (2014), "Trends and concepts in fern classification", Annals of Botany, 113 (9): 571–594, doi:10.1093/aob/mct299, PMC 3936591, PMID 24532607
  3. ^ "Culcita C.Presl", Plants of the World Online, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2019-11-24
  4. ^ "Culcita C. Presl". Catalogue of Life. Retrieved 8 December 2020.