Flora of Barro Colorado Island

Cyclopeltis semicordata

 (Sw.) J. Sm., Bot. Mag. 72, comp. 36.1846

Terrestrial, to 1.5 m tall; rhizomes stout, erect, with long, thin, reddish-brown, lanceolate-linear scales, the scales becoming less dense along petiole, rachis, and sometimes midrib of leaflets. Leaves 1-pinnate; petioles much shorter than rachis, ridged; rachis densely short-pubescent; leaf­lets oblong-linear, acuminate, inequilateral at base with the upper proximal edge usually truncate and the lower proximal edge cordate-auriculate and overlapping rachis, 3-15 cm long, 1-2.2 cm wide, entire or minutely and sharply serrate near apex. Sori round, scattered in 2 or 3 irregular rows on each side of midrib below. Croat 4287.

Common in the forest.

Guatemala to Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil; West Indies. In Panama, known principally from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, Bocas del Toro, Chiriqui, Veraguas, Los Santos, Panama, and Darien, but known also from pre­montane wet forest in Chiriqui and Panama and from tropical wet forest in Colón.

See Fig. 21.

Photos from STRI Digital Archive

  • Cyclopeltis semicordata, leaf fronds
  • Cyclopeltis semicordata, sporangium
  • Cyclopeltis semicordata, sporangium
  • Cyclopeltis semicordata, leaf frond
  • Cyclopeltis semicordata
  • Cyclopeltis semicordata
  • Cyclopeltis semicordata