Lindsaea ensifolia Sw.

  • Family (Christenhusz et al, 2011) : LINDSAEACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Lindsaeaceae
  • Species : Lindsaea ensifolia
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Lindsaea ensifolia Sw.
  • Collection Nos : CS 6368
  • Collector(s) Name : C. J. Saldanha
  • Key identification features : Rhizome upto 3 mm thick, branched, densely covered by ovate-lanceolate scales all over. Stipes scattered, more or less tetragonal with a shallow groove on all sides except on the abaxial side, dark or purplish-brown below, stramineous above, glossy and glabrous all over. Lamina obovate, simply pinnate with a terminal pinna similar to the lateral ones; pinnae one to six pairs, subopposite or alternate, shortly stalked; costa raised and rounded below, flattened above, veins slightly distinct above and below copiously anastomosing to form a series of narrow areoles; texture herbaceous. Sori linear, continuous or interrupted, all along the margin except at the very base, indusiate; indusia thin, membranaceous, pale brown, glabrous with wavy margin; spores dark brown.
  • Habit : Herb-Lithophyte
  • Comments : Common on the western slopes of the Western Ghats in the open and moderate shady places.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Collection Locality : South Kanara
  • Distribution Locality : Chikamagalur; Dakshina Kannada; Shimoga; Uttara Kannada
  • Floras referred : Fraser-Jenkins, Taxonomic revision of Indian Subcontinental Pteridophytes 2008; Rajagopal & Bhat, Pteridophytic flora of Karnataka State- 1998


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