Actiniopteris radiata (Sw.) Link

  • Family (Christenhusz et al, 2011) : PTERIDACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Pteridaceae
  • Species : Actiniopteris radiata
  • Basionym : Asplenium radiatum Sw.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Actiniopteris radiata (Sw.) Link
  • Collection Nos : KFP 1433, HFP 603
  • Collector(s) Name : N. S. Ravindra, Jarrett, C. Saldanha & Ramamoorthy
  • Key identification features : It has sub-erect and sub-globose shaped rhizome which is densely covered by scales. The stipes are numerous, tufted, pale brown at the base and pale green above having soft, thin and transparent scales distributed sparsely all over. The laminae are flabellate, semi-circular and wedge-shaped, repeatedly, dichotomously divided upto six times. Lamina pale green in colour, coriaceous texture.Sporangia borne in intramarginal grooves throughout, protected by the reflexed margins of the segments; spores trilete.
  • Habit : Herb-Terrestrial
  • Native : Africa, Indian sub-continent
  • Comments : Commonly found beneath rock crevices in dry hills of Deccan Plateau. It is a low altitude, terrestrial or lithophytic fern growing in large colonies along road sides in fully exposed places.
  • Conservation Status : Least Concern
  • Collection Locality : Bangalore, Hassan
  • Distribution Locality : Bangalore; Hassan; Chamrajnagar; Tumkur; Bellary; Bidar; Chitradurga; Mandya; Mysore; Raichur
  • 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; Bhaskar & Kushalappa, 2013- Flora of Tumkur District


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