Pyrrosia piloselloides

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Pyrrosia piloselloides


Stellate hairs monomorphic, forming a sparse mat, hyaline, the rays acicular.


Asia-Tropical, Northeast India to Hainan present
Northeast India to Hainan. Throughout Malesia.




2. In the past the present species was often confused with P. heterophylla, a very similar species confined to southern India and Sri Lanka. It may also be confused with Lemmaphyllum carnosum and Pyrrosia nummularifolia, which share the characteristic habit and have a similar habitat. 1 One of the most common epiphytes of the Malesian lowlands. The ap-pressed, sterile fronds of newly settled plants form characteristic, two-rowed series of ‘buttons’ on otherwise bare tree bark. Older plants may completely overgrow entire trees, with sometimes fatal effects.


C. Presl, Epim. Bot. 1851: 157
Backer & Posth., Varenfl. Java. 1939: 243
Sw., Syn. Fil. 1806: 94
Blanco, Fl. Filip. 1837: 830
Goebel - in Ann. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg. 1926: 140
Blume, Enum. Pl. Javae. 1828: 108
Holttum - in Revis. Fl. Malaya. 1955: 149
Racib., Pterid. Buitenzorg. 1898: 61
Burm. f, Fl. Ind. 1768: 229
C. Chr. - in Dansk Bot. Ark. 1929: pl. 12, 13
Desv., Fern Fl. Philipp. 1960: 475
Kaulf., Fl. Javae Fil. 1829: 67
Zamora & Co - in Guide Philipp. Flora & Fauna. 1986: 32
Ravensberg & Hennipman - in Leiden Bot. Ser. 1986: 302
Copel., Gen. Fil. 1947: 10
Copel. - in Sarawak Mus. J. 1917: 410