Dryopteris cochleata (D. Don) C. Chr.

 
  • Family (Christenhusz et al, 2011) : DRYOPTERIDACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Dryopteridaceae
  • Species : Dryopteris cochleata
  • Basionym : Nephrodium cochleatum D. Don
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Dryopteris cochleata (D. Don) C. Chr.
  • Collection Nos : HFP 961
  • Collector(s) Name : F. M. Jarrett & T. P. Ramamoorthy
  • Key identification features : Rhizome is short, creeping, densely clothed by lanceolate scales all over. Stipes grey-brown when dry, scaly below, glabrous and glossy above, fronds dimorphic; lamina lanceolate, bipinnate; pinnae upto 10 pairs, ascending, shortly stalked, subopposite; largest sterile pinnae 13 �ï�‡�ƒ�Â�— 3.5 cm, oblong-lanceolate; fertile pinna upto 9 �ï�‡�ƒ�Â�— 2.5 cm, pinnules upto 15 pairs, alternate; costa raised and rounded, stramineous below; veins slightly distinct below, indistinct above; pinnae pale green, texture subcoriaceous, long, soft, pale brown, appressed hairs sparsely distributed on costa. Fertile pinnule oblong, acute, margin lobed more than halfway to the costule; lobes upto eight pairs, deltoid, toothed; sori one per lobe, reniform; spores dark brown.
  • Habit : Herb-Terrestrial
  • Native : India; China
  • Comments : Occasional in Western Ghats along road sides and in forest clearings.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Collection Locality : Pullahalli, Hassan
  • Distribution Locality : Chikamagalur; Hassan; Kodagu; Chamrajnagar; 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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