Is this 肠 a typo in my book?

这次探明了大石围天坑是集地下溶洞、地下原始森林、珍稀动植物以及地下暗河于一体的世界第二大天坑。 短肠蕨类植物比恐龙时期的桫椤还要古老。

蕨类 : short intestined fern

Can 肠 refer to the trunk of a tree, the stem of a plant or somehow the length of the leaves??

  • 肠 is from the shape of its sorus. – ElpieKay Sep 23 '16 at 7:46
  • Thanks. Is that also their name in English/Latin? 'filix intestina brevis' Glad I'm not a botanist! – Gangosa Sep 23 '16 at 9:13

No, it's not a typo, surely there is a kind of plant called 短肠蕨, the latin name of which is Allantodia.

Details can be found at: http://www.eflora.cn/sp/Allantodia

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  • Aha, just a name then? Thanks! – Gangosa Sep 23 '16 at 5:59

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