Pecluma dispersa

(A. M. Evans) M. G. Price

Amer. Fern J. 73: 114. 1983.

Common names: Widespread polypody
Basionym: Polypodium dispersum A. M. Evans Amer. Fern J. 58: 173, plate 27. 1968
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 2.

Stems 4–6 mm diam.; scales blackish, linear-lanceolate. Leaves erect or arching. Petiole black, 1/4–1/3 length of blade, hairs short, mostly simple, multicellular; scales deltate to linear, base broadly hastate-lacerate. Blade narrowly ovate, 20–70 × 5–11 cm; base narrowly truncate; apex acute. Segments narrowly ovate to linear, 3–5 mm wide; segments at base of blade abruptly reduced, usually reflexed. Veins 1–2-forked. Sori round or oval, sporangia with 32 spores. n = 2n = 111, apogamous.

Phenology: Sporulating all year.
Habitat: Usually on limestone outcrops, occasionally epiphytic in hammocks
Elevation: 0 m


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Fla., Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America to s Brazil.


Pecluma dispersa frequently occurs as widely scattered clusters of small juveniles on mossy limestone, arising vegetatively from exposed roots of older plants.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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A. Murray Evans +
(A. M. Evans) M. G. Price +
Polypodium dispersum +
Widespread polypody +
Fla. +, Mexico +, West Indies +, Central America +  and South America to s Brazil. +
Usually on limestone outcrops, occasionally epiphytic in hammocks +
Sporulating all year. +
Amer. Fern J. +
Polypodium subg. Pectinatum +
Pecluma dispersa +
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