Lindsaea odorata

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Lindsaea odorata


Leaves close (or occasionally more remote);


Asia-Tropical:, Borneo present; Jawa (Jawa present); Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present); New Guinea present; Philippines (Philippines present); Sulawesi (Sulawesi absent); Sumatera (Sumatera present) Ceylon: present E. Himalaya: present Flores: present Japan: present Luzon: present Madagascar: present Mascarenes?: present Mindanao: present Mindoro: present Negros: present Pahang: present Panay: present Perak: present Rhodesia: present S. India: present S. Moluccas: absent Solomon Is: present South and Central China: present Talaud: present
Rhodesia, Mascarenes?, Madagascar, S. India, Ceylon, E. Himalaya, South and Central China, Japan, to Malesia: Malay Peninsula (Pahang, Perak), Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Philippines (Luzon, Mindanao, Negros, Panay, Mindoro), Talaud, Flores, New Guinea; Solomon Is. So far not collected in Celebes or the S. Moluccas.


Freshly dried leaves have a distinct coumarin-like odour which may persist for several months in the herbarium.
In spite of its large area and rather diverse habitats L. odorata is only moderately variable. Only in extreme habitats aberrant forms occur, e.g. in exposed places in the mountains where the plants are dwarfed, with rigid pinnules and very dark axes ('L. crassipes'), or on moss- covered tree trunks and rocks where they are small but not rigid ('L. loheriana' 'L. bullata' 'L. plumula', etc.).
Some small plants from the Philippines, e.g. Cuming 65, Mangubat B. Sc. 1354, Merrill 5930, approach a small form that occurs in China and Japan and is recently treated as a species, rupted sori, and are more probably extreme forms L. javonica (Baker) Diels, but is probably not of L. odorata proper, more than a variety. They have. however, interrupted sori, and are more probably extreme forms of L. odorata proper.


Copeland - in Fern Fl. Philip. 1958: 107
Copeland - in Philip. J. Sc. 1949: 19
Holttum - in Gard. Bull. S. S. 1930: f. 1-2
Copeland - in Fern Fl. Philip. 1958: 108
Holttum - in Rev. Fl. Mal. 1954: f. 188
Kramer - in Blumea. 1968: 567
Backer & Post- humus, Varenfl. Java. 1939: f. 23