Sporangia in comb-like, lateral or apical sporangiophores with protective flanges serving as false indusia. Stipes without flap-like expansions. Wiry or ribbon-like terrestrial plants under 15 cm high, with creeping or erect rhizomes, clothed with hairs or scales Schizaeaceae
Sterile fronds divided or, if simple, then 0.3–1 mm broad and terete or slightly flattened with revolute margins
Sterile fronds forked to much divided (with up to 175 branchlets) or, if undivided, then 0.5–1 mm broad and slightly flattened with revolute margins. 10–20 pairs of sporangia on a soriferous pinnule
Fertile fronds dichotomously divided 3 – 6 times, with 12–60 heads in a broad fan-shaped arrangement, borne on slightly flattened, very asperous branches. Sterile fronds always branched above the middle, with 22–175 slightly flattened very scabrous branches. Coast and adjacent plateaus north of Nowra. Open forests, sandstone scrub or heath or open woodland, usually on sandy soil Schizaea dichotoma
Fertile fronds simple or dichotomously divided 1 – 2 times, with 1–7 heads in a fan-shaped arrangement. Sterile fronds usually branched below the middle