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Taxon: Phymatosorus scolopendria (Burm. f.) Pic. Serm.

Genus: Phymatosorus
Family: Polypodiaceae
Nomen number: 405259
Place of publication: Webbia 28:460. 1973
Comment: page of publication verified by F. Axelrod, pers. comm. (via e-mail on 10 Jul 2002)
Name verified on: 09-Aug-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 09-Aug-2012
No species priority site assigned.


Common names:

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental   (fide Exotica)

Distributional range:

    Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia
    East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
    West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon; Gabon; Zaire
    West Tropical Africa: Cote D'Ivoire; Ghana; Liberia; Nigeria; Sierra Leone
    South Tropical Africa: Angola; Zambia
    Southern Africa: South Africa - Cape Province, KwaZulu-Natal, Transvaal
    Australia: Australia


  • Bosman, M. T. M. 1991. A monograph of the fern genus Microsorum (Polypodiaceae), including an attempt towards a reconstruction of the phylogenetic history of the microsoroids. Leiden Bot. Ser. 14:133. [mentions].
  • FNA Editorial Committee. 1993–. Flora of North America. [mentions].
  • George, A. S., ed. 1980–. Flora of Australia.
  • Germishuizen, G. & N. L. Meyer, eds. 2003. Plants of southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.
  • Graf, A. B. 1963. Exotica: pictoral cyclopedia of exotic plants. [accepts].
  • Johns, R. J. 1991. Pteridophytes of Tropical East Africa. [accepts].
  • Kreier, H.-P. et al. 2008. The microsoroid ferns: Inferring the relationships of a highly diverse lineage of Paleotropical epiphytic ferns (Polypodiaceae, Polypodiopsida). Molec. Phylogenet. Evol. 48:1155–1167. [this study found evidence for a close phylogenetic affinity between this species as Microsorum scolopendria and M. papuanum within a clade sister to the group of Microsorum punctatum; since M. scolopendria is the type species of Phymatosorus one "taxonomic solution" will be to include this genus within Microsorus].
  • Kubitzki, K., ed. 1990–. The families and genera of vascular plants. [accepts].
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. 1952–. Flora of tropical East Africa. [accepts].
  • Wagner, W. H. et al. 1995. Taxonomic notes on the pteridophytes of Hawaii. Contr. Univ. Michigan Herb. 20:258–259. [mentions].
  • Wagner, W. L. et al. 1990. Manual of the flowering plants of Hawai'i. [naturalized].


Check other web resources for Phymatosorus scolopendria (Burm. f.) Pic. Serm.:

  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • ABRS: Australian Biological Resources Study Flora of Australia online
  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.

Check other web resources for images:

  • Google Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
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