Monographs Details: Doryopteris palmata (Willd.) J.Sm.
Authority: Mickel, John T. & Smith, Alan R. 2004. The pteridophytes of Mexico. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 88: 1-1054.
Family:Pteridaceae
Description:Species Description - Rhizomes short-creeping, compact, stout; rhizome scales 4–5 x 0.8 mm, bicolorous, tan with atropurpureous central streak; fronds to 45 cm long, clumped; stipes 3/5–3/4 the frond length, stout, terete, atropurpureous, lustrous, with minute brown clavate hairs 0.1 mm long or less, scaly only near bases; blades pedate, to 17 cm across, at bases with 2 buds having bicolorous scales, bipinnatifid, firm to subcoriaceous; veins netted, obscure except for dark primary veins, visible with transmitted light; sterile margins irregularly crenulate; fertile margins entire; sori discontinuous at segment tips, indusia entire, 0.5 mm wide; spores tan; 2n=120 (Galapagos), 2n=60 (Jam).

Discussion:

Pteris palmata Willd., Sp. Pl., ed. 4, 5(1): 357. 1810. Doryopteris pedata (L.) Fe´e var. palmata (Willd.) Hicken, Revista Mus. La Plata 15: 253. 1908. Type. Venezuela. Caracas, Bredemeyer s.n. (B-Willd. 19957!; photo US).

Unverified, Doubtful, or Mistaken Reports. Chis (Rovirosa 1084, cited by Rovirosa, 1909, but not verified). Doryopteris palmata is distinguished from D. concolor by the netted veins, puberulent stipe, and buds at the base of the blade. Doryopteris pedata, under which D. palmata has often been treated as a variety (e.g., by Tryon, 1942) is limited to the Greater and Lesser Antilles and differs in lacking proliferous buds.