Lygodium flexuosum (L.) Sw.

 
  • Family (Christenhusz et al, 2011) : LYGODIACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Lygodiaceae
  • Species : Lygodium flexuosum
  • Basionym : Ophioglossum flexuosum L.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Lygodium flexuosum (L.) Sw.
  • Collection Nos : KFP 14703, CJS 19082
  • Collector(s) Name : Udaykumar & Gurudev Singh; C.J.Saldanha
  • Key identification features : Ferns with short creeping rhizomes covered densely with long and tubular brownish hairs; Stipes compacted, long, dark brown and are densely hairy; Lamina oblong-lanceolate, tripinnate; primary pinnae green, alternate with long forked stalk bearing a dormant bud on the axis and each forked branch has 2-3 alternate pinnules; Costa raised on both sides; Veins distinct, glabrous on both surfaces; Sporangia are long, finger-like spiked, penta-paired protected by indusium and are arranged adaxially along the margin of the pinnules; Spores are spherical and yellowish-green.
  • Habit : Climbing fern
  • Native : India; China; Australia
  • Comments : A common climbing fern. Restricted to clear, moist deciduous forests.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Collection Locality : Uttara Kannada; Bannerghatta, Bangalore
  • Distribution Locality : Dakshina Kannada; Kodagu; Shimoga; Uttara Kannada
  • Floras referred : Fraser-Jenkins, Taxonomic revision of Indian Subcontinental Pteridophytes 2008

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