Flora of Barro Colorado Island

Trichomanes godmanii

Hook. in Baker, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 9:337.1866

Tiny epiphyte; rhizome slender, creeping, with fine scales. Leaves simple, glabrous; petioles 4-10 mm long; blades orbicular or obovate, rounded at apex, tapered to obtuse or acute base, 5-20 mm long and wide, entire or slightly lobed, with a distinct Costa and pinnate veins in lower blade and flabellate venation above; false veinlets distinct, reticulate; false vein submarginal. Sori 1-9 in upper part of leaf; indusium wholly immersed in margin, lacking lips and not dark-edged, obconic with the mouth expanded, the receptacle long-exserted. Croat 16202.

Fairly common; seen densely covering all sides of base of Scheelea zonensis (19. Palmae) trunk.

Throughout Central America; Cuba. In Panama, known only from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone and Panama.