Flora of Barro Colorado Island

Bolbitis nicotianifolia

(Sw.) Ching in Christensen, Ind. Suppl. 3:49.1934

Leptochilus nicotianifolius (Sw.)Christensen

Creeping epiphyte; rhizome closely appressed to trees; scales dark brown, lanceolate-linear, the rhizome scales dense, some deciduous, the petiole scales sparse, mostly near the base. Leaves at first simple, becoming 1-pinnate, ca 1 m long; petioles shorter than blades; sterile leaflets in 1-5 pairs, oblong-elliptic to oblong-oblanceolate, nar­rowly acuminate, rounded to acute and decurrent at base, 15-40 cm long, 2.5-10 cm wide, entire to irregularly sinuate, the ultimate veins not uniform, the major veins arcuate, parallel to midrib; fertile leaves similar to sterile ones except much reduced, the leaflets 4.5-20 cm long, 0.8-3 cm wide. Sori continuous on underside of blade. J H. Faull s. n., Croat 14576.

Apparently rare.

Honduras south to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and the Guianas; West Indies. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone and Panama, from pre­montane wet forest in Veraguas, and from tropical wet forest in Colón (Rio Guanche).

See Fig. 19.