Prosaptia alata (Blume) Christ
Prosaptia alata (Blume) Christ, Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, Ser.2, 5: 127. 1905; Tagawa & K.Iwats., SouthE. Asian Stud. 5: 63. 1967; Tagawa & K.Iwats., Acta Phytotax. Geobot. 23: 53. 1968; Tagawa & K.Iwats., Fl. Thailand 3: 593, f. 59.1–59.3. 1989; Boonkerd & Pollawatn, Pterid. Thailand: 293. 2000; Parris, Fl. Pen. Malaysia, Ser. I, Ferns & Lycoph. 1: 171. 2010. – Davallia alata Blume, Enum. Pl. Javae.: 230. 1828. – Ctenopteris alata (Blume) Holttum, Rev. Fl. Malaya ed. 1, 2: 232, f. 131. 1955 [‘1954’]. – Type: Zippel s.n., Java, Raab (lectotype L).
Rhizome short, subascending to suberect, bearing a few fronds in a tuft, scaly; scales narrow, up to 4 by 0.7 mm, gradually narrowing towards attenuate apex, subclathrate with darker internal walls, setose hairy at margin, pale brown stipes very short up to 1.2 cm long, castaneous or darker, hairy. Laminae narrowly elliptic to narrowly oblanceolate, gradually narrowing towards both ends, moderately acute to acuminate at apex, deeply lobed to midrib with a wing 0.9–3.6 mm in breadth on each side of midrib, 8.5–20(–63.5) by 1.1–2(–4.5) cm; middle lobes subpatent to slightly ascending, round to moderately acute at apex, entire, 0.5–1(–2.4) cm by 2–3.5(–6) mm; thinly leathery, sparsely hairy at margin, veins simple, hidden. Sori terminal on veinlets, 1–3 on a lobe usually on apical position, submarginal, cup-shaped with the mouth opening towards margin .
Distribution in Thailand
PENINSULAR: Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, Yala.
Distribution in Cambodia
S India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, S Japan, throughout Malesia to the Pacific Islands.
On mossy tree trunks in dense evergreen forests or in light forests by streams at low to medium altitudes.
Proposed IUCN Conservation Assessment
Least Concern (LC). This species is widespread and not under any known threat. It is listed as Near Threatened in the Flora of Peninsular Malaysia.
Voucher specimens - Thailand
Middleton et al. 4400 & 5509, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Namtok Yong National Park (E).
Voucher specimens - Cambodia
Pierre 5777, Kampot, Kamchay (P).
Upper surface of frond
Lower surface of frond and young sori
Lower surface of frond and old sori
Site hosted by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Content managed by Stuart Lindsay, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore and David Middleton, Singapore Botanic Gardens. Last updated 24 January 2012