Schizaea elegans (Vahl) Sw.

Matos, Fernando B., Bohn, Amabily & Labiak, Paulo H., 2020, The ferns and lycophytes of Reserva Natural Guaricica, Antonina, Paraná, Brazil, Check List 16 (1), pp. 183-206: 194

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Schizaea elegans (Vahl) Sw.


Schizaea elegans (Vahl) Sw.  

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Examined material. BRAZIL • 3 specimens; Trilha do Mirante ; 25°14′25″S, 048°39′55″W; alt. 300 m; 25 Mar. 2006; F.B. Matos et al. 1119 leg.; MBM333148, RB690975 View Materials , UPCB9981 GoogleMaps   1 specimen; Trilha do Mirante ; 25°14′25″S, 048°39′55″W; alt. 350 m; 27 Aug. 2017; F.B. Matos et al. 2594 leg.; UPCB44385 GoogleMaps   1 specimen; Morro do Quei- mado; 25°23′10″S, 048°42′19″W; alt. 300 m; 12 Jun. 2019; F.B. Matos et al. 2636 leg.; UPCB44486 GoogleMaps   2 specimens; 25°14′28″S, 048°40′23″W; alt. 350 m; 25 Jun 2007; P.H. Labiak & F.B. Matos 3950 leg.; NY 886643 View Materials , UPCB9985 GoogleMaps   .

Identification. Characterized by erect, underground stems, leaves with dichotomous to flabellate blades, and fertile segments (sporangiophores) pinnate, borne at the tips of the blades. Sporangia erect, oblong, with an apical annulus. The most similar species in the area is Actinostachys pennula (Sw.) Hook.   , which differs by subdigitate (vs pinnate) fertile segments.

Distribution and habitat. Neotropical. Terrestrial in forests, particularly at Morro do Mirante and Morro do Queimado.

Order Polypodiales Link   (suborder Saccolomatineae Hovenkamp   ), Saccolomataceae Doweld  


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