Welcome to The Genus Lophosoria

The scope of the site is to determine the morphologically recognizable species in Lophosoria (Dicksoniaceae), assign the correct names from a plethora of synonyms, and elucidate their relationship to each other. The genus is especially interesting in its biogeography. Fossil data (mainly the genus' unmistakable spores) indicate a Gondwana origin of the genus, in present-day Patagonia. During the late Cretaceous and early Tertiary, the genus was able to expand its range across the Antarctic continent to southern Australia where it became extinct quite recently.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith