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Lomariopsidaceae Alston


Description from Flora of China

Plants large, terrestrial, climbing, or epiphytic. Rhizomes stout, ascending or long scandent, dorsiventral, with roots on ventral side and several rows of fronds on dorsal side, bearing numerous scales on rhizome apex. Fronds distant, monomorphic or dimorphic, imparipinnate; stipes densely scaly at base; scales black, lanceolate or linear; lateral pinnae articulate to rachis; sterile pinnae linear-lanceolate, margin entire or serrate; veins free or anastomosing in several rows of areoles, without included free veinlets. Fertile fronds with narrow, linear pinnae. Sori dorsal on veinlets, in 1-4 rows on each side of costa, or acrostichoid, completely covering abaxial surface of pinnae, exindusiate; annulus consisting of 14-22 thick-walled cells. Spores elliptic or orbicular.

Wang Chuhao. 1999. Lomariopsidaceae (excluding Lomagramma). In: Wu Shiewhung, ed., Fl. Reipubl. Popularis Sin. 6(1): 125-129; Hsieh Yingtang. 2001. Cyclopeltis. In: Kung Hsianshiu, ed., Fl. Reipubl. Popularis Sin. 5(2): 182-184.

Three genera and ca. 40 species: pantropical, mainly in Asia, Africa, and Oceania; two genera and four species (one endemic) in China.

(Authors: Xing Fuwu (邢福武), Wang Faguo (王发国), Zhang Xianchun (张宪春); Masahiro Kato, David S. Barrington)

Lower Taxa


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