Pteris cretica subsp. cretica L.

 
  • Family : PTERIDACEAE
    (MAIDENHAIR FERN FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : PTERIDACEAE
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Pteris cretica L.
  • Habit : Herb-Terrestrial
  • Comments / notes : Grows inside the forests along stream banks
  • Key identification features : Rhizome erect, densely covered by ovate-lanceolate scales at the apex. Stipes tufted, abaxially rounded, adaxially grooved, glabrous and glossy. Lamina ovate, simply pinnate with bipartite or tripartite or simple pinnule shorter than the lateral ones; pinnae upto seven pairs, one or two pairs of basal pinnae forked at their base, shortly stalked, others simple and sessile; pinnae dark green, glabrous above and below, texture coriaceous. Sori linear all along the margin except at the base and distal part of the pinnae; spores dark brown.
  • Fertile : Throughout the year
  • Collector(s) Name : F. M. Jarrett, C.J.Saldanha
  • Collection Nos : FMJ & CJS 17031
  • Collection Locality : Kodaikanal
  • Distribution :
    • Odisha : Balasore district, Similipal Hills (Mayurbhanj district)
    • Tamil Nadu : Kodaikanal (Dindigul district)
  • Native : Hawaii, Old World Tropics
  • World Distribution : Pantropical
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Fraser-Jenkins, C.R. 2008. Taxonomic revision of Indian subcontinental Pteridophytes; H.O. Saxena and M. Brahmam. 1996. The Flora of Orissa, Vol-4
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Pteris cretica subsp. cretica. Downloaded on 9 April 2020.

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