Tectaria herpetocaulos Holttum

  • Family (Christenhusz et al, 2011) : TECTARIACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Tectariaceae
  • Species : Tectaria herpetocaulos
  • Synonym : T.wightii (C.B.Clarke) Ching; Tectaria polymorpha (Wall ex. Hook.) Copel.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Tectaria herpetocaulos Holttum
  • Collection Nos : HFP 1544
  • Collector(s) Name : T.P.Ramamoorthy
  • Key identification features : Rhizome short creeping, densely covered by lanceolate scales at the apex. Stipes clustered, dark brown at the base, grey-brown or stramineous above, densely scaly at the base, sparsely scaly or glabrous above. Lamina ovate, simply pinnate with terminal pinna similar to the lateral ones; pinnae upto six pairs, ascending, lanceolate, abruptly narrowed towards the acuminate apex, margin entire, costa slightly raised and rounded below; veins slightly raised and distinct below; pinnae pale green when fresh, adaxially reddish-brown when dry, glabrous above and below, texture herbaceous; fertile pinnae contracted ones, sori numerous, borne on the netted veins in two rows along each distinct costule; sori upto 2 mm in diameter, exindusiate; spores ellipsoid or reniform, pale brown.
  • Habit : Herb-Terrestrial
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Collection Locality : 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


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