Christella dentata (Forssk.) Holttum

  • Family (Christenhusz et al, 2011) : THELYPTERIDACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Thelypteridaceae
  • Species : Christella dentata
  • Synonym : Cyclosorus dentatus (Forssk.); Christella malabariensis Holttum
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Christella dentata (Forssk.) Holttum
  • Collection Nos : CJS 15967
  • Collector(s) Name : C. J. Saldanha
  • Key identification features : Lower pinnae, 2-3 pairs, gradually reduced and more widely spaced, rhizome short-creeping; pinnae lobed more than half way to costa. Rhizome short to long creeping, upto 1 cm thick, sparsely covered by lanceolate scales. Stipes upto 2 cm apart, pale brown to dark brown, scaly at the base, glossy and glabrous above. Lamina oblong-lanceolate; pinnae upto 20 pairs with upto 10 pairs of progressively reduced basal pinnae, reduced basal pinnae opposite or subopposite; unreduced pinnae alternate; largest pinna 19 x 2 cm, apex acuminate, base broadly cuneate, margin lobed about half way to the costa; lobes upto 35 pairs; veins upto eight pairs, free; sinus membrane mostly absent; 1 mm long, slender, unicellular, acicular hairs densely distributed all over the rachis and upper surface of costa; sori median on veins, upto six pairs; indusia with short hairs, spores planoconvex or reniform, brown.
  • Habit : Herb-Lithophyte
  • Native : Paleotropics
  • Comments : Very common throughout the Western Ghats, along roadsides and also planted in gardens.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Collection Locality : Hassan
  • Distribution Locality : Dakshina Kannada; Hassan; Mysore; Shimoga; Uttara Kannada
  • 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; Saldanha & Nicolson, 1976


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