Microlepia speluncae (L.) T. Moore

  • Family (Christenhusz et al, 2011) : DENNSTAEDTIACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Dennstaedtiaceae
  • Species : Microlepia speluncae
  • Basionym : Polypodium speluncae L.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Microlepia speluncae (L.) T. Moore
  • Collection Nos : HFP 668, HFP 1492
  • Collector(s) Name : C. J. Saldanha & T. P. Ramamoorthy; T. P. Ramamoorthy
  • Key identification features : Rhizome long creeping, branched, upto 2 cm thick, densely clothed by pale brown, multicellular, tubular hairs all over. Stipes scattered, grey-green below, pale brown above when fresh, grey-brown throughout when dry, hairy at base, glabrous above. Lamina broadly deltoid ovate, tripinnatifid or quadripinnate; primary pinnae about eight pairs, ascending, distinctly stalked, alternate above, oblong-lanceolate, secondary pinnae about 20 pairs, slightly asceending, shortly stalked; tertiary pinnae about 12 pairs, anandromous, sessile, alternate, margin lobed upto the costule, veins slightly distinct, free, not reaching the margin; lamina usually pubescent above and below, dark green; texture soft, herbaceous. Sori submarginal, usually on the basal acroscopic vein end of each lobe, indusia cup-shaped, usually hairy; spores trilete, pale green, triangular with rounded corners.
  • Habit : Herb-Terrestrial
  • Native : Hawaii; Australia; South Africa
  • Comments : Frequent in moist shady forests of hilly regions.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Collection Locality : Hassan
  • Distribution Locality : Chikamagalur; Hassan; 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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