Acrostichum aureum L.

  • Family (Christenhusz et al, 2011) : PTERIDACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) :
  • Species : Acrostichum aureum
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Acrostichum aureum L.
  • Collection Nos : KFP 586, HFP 2536
  • Collector(s) Name : C. J. Saldanha, Maqsood Ahemad, S.R.Ramesh; C.J.Saldanha & S.S.Hooper
  • Key identification features : Rhizome erect, 5 cm thick, densely covered by lanceolate scales all over. Stipes upto 74 cm long, 1 cm thick with two to three pairs of leaf bases, dark brown and scaly at the base, pale brown and glabrous above, abaxially rounded, adaxially grooved. Lamina oblong, simply pinnate; pinnae upto 11 cm; largest pinna linear-oblong, oblique, margin entire; costa slightly raised, rounded below, not raised and flattened above; veins obscure above and below, copiously anastomosing to form series of areoles; texture coriaceous, pinnae glabrous all over above and below, yellowish-green when fresh, brownish when dry; upto six pairs of pinnae in distal part of lamina are fertile; sori acrostichoid, spores trilete.
  • Habit : Herb
  • Native : Pantropical
  • Comments : Common in mangrove swamps and tidal backwaters. In Cambodia the young leaves are eaten in salads (Dy PHon, 2000)
  • Conservation Status : Least Concern
  • Collection Locality : South Kanara; Mangalore
  • Distribution Locality : Dakshina Kannada; 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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