Monographs Details: Trichomanes alatum Sw.
Authority: Proctor, George R. 1989. Ferns of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 53: 1-389.
Scientific Name:Trichomanes alatum Sw.
Description:Species Description - Rhizome small, oblique or erect, densely clothed toward apex with stiff, yellowish-brown hairs. Fronds fasciculate, ascending, mostly 3-12 cm long, clothed throughout on vascular parts and margins with lax, yellowish hairs, these forked or stellate from a 1 -celled, swollen, glandular base; stipes 1-7 cm long, gradually becoming winged distally. Blades lance-oblong, elliptic, or ovate, 2-10 cm long, 1-5 c m broad, often somewhat inegular in outline, deeply pinnatifid with lobed segments, or else 2-pinnatifid to pinnate-pinnatifid; rhachis winged (wings 0.5-1 mm wide on either side); primary segments or pinnae oblique, lance-acuminate or -attenuate to ovate-acuminate, deeply lobed or pinnatifid; veins pinnately branched; tissue light green, delicately membranous and translucent, glabrous except on margins. Sori solitary on secondary lobes or segments; involucres immersed, mostly 1.5-1.8 mm long, urceolate with abmptly flaring, undulate mouth.


Type. Swartz, from Jamaica (S, photo US; isotype Herb. Willd. 20196, B, photos G H , US).

Syn. Trichomanes attenuatum Hooker, Sp. fil, 1: 122, t. 39-c. 1844. (Syntypes from St. Vincent, Jamaica, and Dominica, not seen.)

Trichomanes ptilodes Bosch, Ned. Kruidk. Arch. 4: 357. 1859. (Syntypes from Jamaica, Guadeloupe and Venezuela, not seen.)

Ptilophyllum attenuatum (Hooker) Bosch ex Pranti, Unters. Morph. Gefasskrypt. 1:48. 1875.

Ptilophyllum ptilodes (Bosch) Bosch ex Prantl, ibid.

Trichomanes alatum var. ptilodes (Bosch) Domin, Pter. Dominica 50. 1929.

Trichomanes alatum var. attenuatum (Hooker) Domin, op. cit. 51.

Distribution:West Indies| Trinidad and Tobago South America| Venezuela South America|