Psilotum nudum (L.) P. Beauv.

  • Family (Christenhusz et al, 2011) : PSILOTACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) :
  • Species : Psilotum nudum
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Psilotum nudum (L.) P. Beauv.
  • Collection Nos : CS 11113, CS 4928
  • Collector(s) Name : C. J. Saldanha; C.J.Saldanha
  • Key identification features : Rhizome short, creeping, branched, terete, dark brown; densely covered with dark brown, slender, unicellular, deciduous hairs; roots absent. Stem erect or arching, mainly unbranched stem, more or less tetragonal with few grooves and ridges, iso or aniso dichotomously branched, upto eight times at the distal part; scale leaves regularly arranged in alternate pairs throughout the branches, pale green, narrowly triangular to lanceolate; stem dark green, glabrous all over except the presence of scale leaves. Sporangia trilocular, synangia borne at the axis of scale leaves, sessile, dehisced by vertical split; spores numerous, monolete, elongated, reniform, oblong or ellipsoid.
  • Habit : Herb-Epiphytic
  • Native : North America; South America; Tropical Asia; Tropical Africa; Hawaii
  • Comments : Grows epiphytically on base of trees.
  • Conservation Status : Near Threatened (NT) (Jenkins, 2008)
  • Collection Locality : Hettur; Palni hills
  • Distribution Locality : Bangalore; Mysore; 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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