Monographs Details: Schizaea fluminensis Miers ex J.W.Sturm
Authority: Maguire, Bassett. 1969. The botany of the Guayana Highland-part VIII. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 18: 1-290.
Family:Schizaeaceae
Description:Distribution and Ecology - Prov. Amazonas, Brazil. Reported from the West Indies and Boliviaby Maxon, but the specimens so identified may well be highly reduced specimens ofSchizaea elegans. On humus (in woods?) in the western portion of the GuayanaHighland. C O L O M B I A . Vaupes: Cerro de Mitu, Rio Vaupes, alt ca 250 m,Schultes & Cabrera 13920 (US). Amazonas-Vaupes: Cachivera de Jirijirimo andvicinity, alt ca 250 m, Schultes & Cabrera 12953 (US)

Discussion:

Lophidium fluminense (Miers ex Sturm) Underw. ex Maxon, N. Am. Fl. 16(1): 38. 1909.

Type. "Prope Panure ad Rio Uaupes," Amazonas, Brazil, Oct 1852, Spruce (BR not seen; isotype U S ) .

On even careful study this species seems to be merely an extreme, perhaps rather juvenile, form of Schizaea elegans. However, if this were true, then at least a few such specimens would be expected from the various parts of the wide range of the commonly collected 5. elegans. But such is not the case, and so it is likely that 5. fluminensis is a distinct species.

Distribution:Brazil South America| West Indies| Colombia South America| Guyana South America|