Adiantum capillus-veneris L.

  • Family (Christenhusz et al, 2011) : PTERIDACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Pteridaceae
  • Species : Adiantum capillus-veneris
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Adiantum capillus-veneris L
  • Common name : Ray-fern
  • Collection Nos : CJS 16111
  • Collector(s) Name : C. J. Saldanha
  • Key identification features : Rhizome is long, creeping, densely clothed by lanceolate, entire, brown scales. The stipes are slender, upto 8 mm apart, scaly at base, glabrous and dark, glossy above. The lamina is bipinnate, lanceolate; pinnae asending, basal two to three pairs bipinnate, upper ones pinnate; pinnules stalked, parallelogram-like, lower edge v-shaped, entire; veins dichotomously branhed; terminal veinlets parallel to the soral outline; indusium reniform or rectangular, translucent; spores trilete.
  • Habit : Herb-Terrestrial
  • Native : Tropics of the World
  • Comments : Lithophytic; 'According to Holttum (1954), the botanical name, Adiantum (unwetted) refers to the pinnae not getting wet by water-drops. Occassionally seen close to streams and on sheltered earth banks, also cultivated.
  • Conservation Status : G5 (Globally Secure)- NatureServe conservation status
  • Collection Locality : Hassan
  • Distribution Locality : Chikamagalur; Hassan; Kodagu; Mysore
  • Floras referred : Fraser-Jenkins, Taxonomic revision of Indian Subcontinental Pteridophytes 2008; Rajagopal & Bhat, Pteridophytic flora of Karnataka State- 1998; Manickam V.S & Irudayaraj V. (1992)- Pteridophyte flora of W.Ghats, South India


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