Pyrrosia lanceolata (L.) Farw.

  • Family (Christenhusz et al, 2011) : POLYPODIACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Polypodiaceae
  • Species : Pyrrosia lanceolata
  • Basionym : Acrostichum lanceolatum L.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Pyrrosia lanceolata (L.) Farw.
  • Collection Nos : HFP 932
  • Collector(s) Name : F. M. Jarrett, C. J. Saldanha & T.P.Ramamoorthy
  • Key identification features : Rhizome long creeping, upto 2 mm thick, slender, densely covered by lanceolate scales. Stipes scattered, upto 4 cm apart, upto 2.5 cm long, 2 mm thick, flattened, winged along margin, pale brown, densely scaly at very base, rest of part sparsely covered by stellate hairs. Fronds simple, lanceolate, elliptic or linear-lanceolate, base decurrent upto winged stipe, margin entire or wavy; midrib marked by a shallow groove above; veins immersed, frond dark green above, brownish below; lower surface of frond densely covered by stellate hairs, upper surface glabrous; texture coriaceous. Sori irregularly distributed mainly in the distal part of pinna, orbicular, dark brown, naked; spores reniform or planoconvex, pale brown.
  • Habit : Herb-Epiphytic
  • Comments : Very common in the coastal belt in the W.Ghats growing on trees.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Collection Locality : Hassan
  • Distribution Locality : Dakshina Kannada; Kodagu; Shimoga; Hassan
  • 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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