Monographs Details: Schizaea pennula Sw.
Authority: Proctor, George R. 1989. Ferns of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 53: 1-389.
Family:Schizaeaceae
Scientific Name:Schizaea pennula Sw.
Description:Species Description - Rhizome a small ascending tuber clothed with a tuft of light brown articulate hairs at the apex. Fronds solitary, or several in a cluster, each consisting of an erect simple green stem, this 3-angled at base and flattish and strongly costate upwardly, glabrous except for the sporangiophores. Sporangiophores 3-14, linear, 8-20 mm long, at first close and erect, at length divergent, unequal; sporangia numerous, in 2 rows or spuriously 4-seriate by bending of sporangia to left or right; spores delicately maculate.

Discussion:

Type. Collector not cited, from "America calidiore" (S?, not seen).

Syn. Schizaea trilateralis Schkuhr, Krypt. Gew. 1: 137, t. 136. 1809. (Type. Gaertner s.n., from "India occidentali circa Essequebum," Guyana, not seen.)

Actinostachys trilateralis (Schkuhr) J. Smith in London J. Bot. 1: 202. 1842.

Actinostachys pennula (Swartz) Hooker & Bauer, Gen. fil., ?. 111-A. 1842.

Distribution:Puerto Rico South America| Guadeloupe South America| Trinidad and Tobago South America| Mexico North America| Costa Rica South America| South America|