Belvisia

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Belvisia

Description

Epiphytic.

Distribution

Tropical Africa to tropical Asia and Polynesia, extending to South China, Tahiti, Rapa and Australia: present
Tropical Africa to tropical Asia and Polynesia, extending to South China, Tahiti, Rapa and Australia.

Taxonomy

Belvisia is a rather homogeneous genus of similar-looking plants, with the exception of B. novoguineensis. The number of taxa various authors have been able to distinguish has varied, between Christensen (1929), distinguishing 11 species and many forms and varieties, and more recent accounts. Hovenkamp & Franken (1993) recognise 8 species and 2 subspecies (6 and 1 occurring in Malesia). Belvisia novoguineensis is sometimes seen as intermediate to Lemmaphyllum.
Belvisia is close to Lepisorus, but is distinguished mainly by the coenosori.

Citation

Fée, Gen. Filic. 1850-1852: pl. 6B
Holttum - in Revis. Fl. Malaya. 1955: f. 67 & 68
Goebel - in Ann. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg. 1926: pl. 7, f. 34-43
Underw. - in Mém. Torrey Bot. Club. 1899: 276
Copel., Polypod. Philipp. 1905: 110
Bedd., Ferns S. India. 1863: pl. 26
Kaulf., C. Presl. 1851: 158
Kaulf., Hist. Fil. 1875: 118
Bower - in Ferns. 1928: f. 731
Mirb., Fern Fl. Philipp. 1960: 466
Blume, Enum. Pl. Javae. 1828: 200
Hennipman et al. - in Kramer & Green, Fam. & Genera Vasc. Pl. 1. 1990: 214
C. Chr. - in Dansk Bot. Ark. 1929: f. 1
Mirb. - in Hist. Nat. Vég. 1803: 473
Domin - in Bibl. Bot. 1915: 168
Pichi Serm. - in Webbia. 1977: 324
T. Moore, Index Filic. 1857: pl. 15A
Alderw., Malayan Ferns. 1917: 432
Endl., Gen. Pl. 1836: 62
Backer & Posth., Varenfl. Java. 1939: f. 53
Mirb. - in Hist. Nat. Vég. 1803: 111
Pichi Serm. - in Webbia. 1953: 387
Copel., Gen. Fil. 1947: 191
Hovenkamp & Franken - in Blumea. 1993: 517
Alderw., Malayan Ferns. 1908: 727
J. Sm., Ferns Brit. & For. 1866: f. 19
Tagawa - in Acta Phytotax. Geobot. 1942: 232