Lygodium microphyllum (Cav.) R.Br.

  • Family (Christenhusz et al, 2011) : LYGODIACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Lygodiaceae
  • Species : Lygodium microphyllum
  • Basionym : Ugena microphylla Cav.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Lygodium microphyllum (Cav.) R.Br.
  • Collection Nos : CJS 12507, CS 11533
  • Collector(s) Name : C. J. Saldanha; C.J.Saldanha
  • Key identification features : Climber with rhizome long creeping, covered by dark hairs. Fronds 2-3 m tall, upto 15 cm wide; stipes and rachis brown, adaxially flattened, abaxially rounded, glabrous. Primary branches borne upto 10 cm apart on adaxial side of the rachis, bearing a dormant apex with dense, short hairs; a pair of secondary branches borne subapically; secondary rachis branches pinnate, secondary rachis and stalk of the pinnules narrowly winged above; lateral pinnules upto four pairs, alternate; veins distinct both above and below, free, reaching the margin; pinnules pale green, glabrous above and below; texture herbaceous. Sporangia borne on the surfaces of finger-like lobes all around the margin of the pinnules except at the cordate base, upto six pairs in two rows per lobe, each one covered by an indusium; spores trilete; perineless.
  • Habit : Climbing fern
  • Comments : A rare species. Climbers on trees in fully exposed marshy places.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Collection Locality : Hassan
  • Distribution Locality : Chikamagalur; Uttara Kannada; Hassan
  • Floras referred : Fraser-Jenkins, Taxonomic revision of Indian Subcontinental Pteridophytes 2008


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