The Woodsiaceae are a family of rock ferns that consists of 15 genera and of approximately 700 species. The familyfalls within the Polypodialesorderin the Polypodiopsidaclass. It includes three generaof fernplants:Cheilanthopsis L., Hymenocystis C.A.Mey, andWoodsia R.Br. The members of the first two mentioned above generaare quite similar to the Woodsia R.Br.Nevertheless, they are separated as follows:
The members of the Woodsiaceae family are spread almost all over the world but most diverse are their speciesin the regions with temperate climate and in the mountainous tropical zones.