Parapolystichum is a genus of ferns in the family Dryopteridaceae, subfamily Elaphoglossoideae, in the Pteridophyte Phylogeny Group classification of 2016 (PPG I).[1] The genus is mainly native to the tropics, although its range extends to southeastern Australia.[2]

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Parapolystichum microsorum
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Division: Polypodiophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Suborder: Polypodiineae
Family: Dryopteridaceae
Subfamily: Elaphoglossoideae
Genus: Parapolystichum
(Keyserl.) Ching[1]

See text.

  • Polystichum sect. Parapolystichum Keyserl.


The taxon was first described as the section Parapolystichum of the genus Polystichum by Keyserling in 1873.[3] It was raised to the rank of genus by Ching in 1940.[4]


As of January 2020, the Checklist of Ferns and Lycophytes of the World recognized the following species:[5]


  1. ^ a b 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. ^ "Parapolystichum (Keyserl.) Ching", Plants of the World Online, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2020-01-24
  3. ^ "Polystichum sect. Parapolystichum Keyserl.", The International Plant Names Index, retrieved 2020-01-24
  4. ^ "Parapolystichum (Keyserl.) Ching", The International Plant Names Index, retrieved 2020-01-24
  5. ^ Hassler, Michael & Schmitt, Bernd (January 2020), "Parapolystichum", Checklist of Ferns and Lycophytes of the World, Version 8.20, retrieved 2020-01-24