Christella parasitica (L.) Holttum

  • Family (Christenhusz et al, 2011) : THELYPTERIDACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Thelypteridaceae
  • Species : Christella parasitica
  • Synonym : Cyclosorus parasiticus (L.) Farw.; Nephrodium didymosorum C.S.P. Parish ex Bedd.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Christella parasitica (L.) Holttum
  • Collection Nos : HFP 960, HFP 660
  • Collector(s) Name : F. M. Jarrett & T. P. Ramamoorthy; F.M. Jarrett, C.J. Saldanha & T. P. Ramamoorthy
  • Key identification features : Rhizome is long, creeping, rarely erect; rhizome scales linear-lanceolate, margin entire or with very few minute hairs. Stipes 2.5 cm apart, grey-green, scaly at the base, covered by few short or long hairs at top, the rest glabrous. Lamina deltoid, broadly ovate or cordate; rachis copiously covered by long and short hairs;pinnae upto 13-20 pairs, opposite at base; pinnae linear-lanceolate, sessile, apex acuminate, margin lobed one-third to two-third to the costa; lobes upto 20 pairs; costa densely covered by long and short hairs above and below; pinnae pale green. Sori median or submarginal on the veins, upto five pairs, often only the lowermost vein bearing sori, indusia densely hairy; spores bean shaped.
  • Habit : Herb-Terrestrial
  • Comments : Frequent in upper Ghats.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Collection Locality : Hassan; Hassan
  • Distribution Locality : Hassan
  • Floras referred : Fraser-Jenkins, Taxonomic revision of Indian Subcontinental Pteridophytes 2008; Manickam V.S & Irudayaraj V. (1992)- Pteridophyte flora of W.Ghats, South India; Saldanha & Nicolson, 1976


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