Monographs Details: Hemionitis levyi E.Fourn.
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 erect, 1–2.5 mm diam.; rhizome scales 3–4 x 0.5 mm, bicolorous with dark castaneous streak, becoming tortuous and concolorous (tan) at bases of stipes; fronds 2.5–16 cm long, clumped; stipes 1/3–3/4 the frond length, 0.4–1.3 mm diam., castaneous, broadly grooved, with dense multicellular stiff hairs 1 mm each with bulbous base and long, lax, capitate hairs 2 mm; blades simple, undivided, 1.7–5 cm wide, orbicular to shallowly 3–5-palmately lobed, resembling Hedera, bases cordate, lobes broadly acute to obtuse, margins entire, not proliferous or recurved, both basal and erect leaves fertile; adaxial and abaxial surfaces with dense, stiff, white hairs 0.5–1 mm; veins netted, without included veinlets; sori along all veins; spores tan.

Discussion:

Type. Nicaragua.Iˆle d’Omotepec [Isla de Ometepe], Le´vy [1197] (P!, frag. US!; isotype B!).

Hemionitis otonis Maxon, Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 17: 171. 1913. Type. Costa Rica. Jime´nez [“Jiminez” in original publ.] 333 (US!).

Hemionitis levyi is distinct by its small frond size, entire blade margins, short laminar hairs, and lack of buds.