Blechnum orientale L.

  • Family (Christenhusz et al, 2011) : BLECHNACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Blechnaceae
  • Species : Blechnum orientale
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Blechnum orientale L.
  • Collection Nos : HFP 637, CJS 17989
  • Collector(s) Name : F. M. Jarrett, C. J. Saldanha & T.P.Ramamoorthy, Saldanha
  • Key identification features : Rhizome is erect and densely clothed by linear-lanceolate scales all over. Stipes are tufted, dark or reddish-brown at the base, pale or grey-brown above, scaly at very base, glabrous and glossy above. Lamina ovate to linear-lanceolate; pinnae 10-56 pairs, spreading or slightly ascending, alternate, basal few pairs slightly reduced; pinnae pale or yellowish-green, glabrous above and below, glossy; texture coriaceous. Sori linear along the side of costa, parallel, dark brown, continuous, very rarely interrupted, indusiate; indusia dark brown, firm with entire margin; spores spherical or ovoid, yellowish-brown, translucent.
  • Habit : Herb-Terrestrial
  • Native : Western Australia; Southern Asia
  • Comments : Very common in fully exposed places along roadsides and earth cuttings.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Collection Locality : Hassan; Hassan
  • Distribution Locality : Chikamagalur; Dakshina Kannada; Hassan; Kodagu; 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


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