Monographs Details: Notholaena eriophora Fée
Authority: Maguire, Bassett. 1972. The botany of the Guayana Highland--part IX. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 23: 1-832.
Family:Pteridaceae
Description:Distribution and Ecology - General distribution. Northeastern Brazil, sometimes on sandstone rocks and perhaps confined to them, according to the monographer of the genus, R. M. Tryon, Jr. (Contr. Gray Herb. 179: 30. 1956).Guayana Highland distribution. VENEZUELA. Bolívar: Chimantá-tepuí (Torono-tepuí), Steyermark 75534 (NY, US, VEN). COLOMBIA. Meta: Cordillera de la Macarena, northern escarpment, alt 800 m, Philipson 2293 (US); Mesa del Río Sansa, alt ca 1000-1300 m, Idrobo & Schultes 1312 (US).A clearing of a large pinna of Steyermark 75534 (US) reveals that its venation is exactly the same 1-forking arrangement figured by Tryon (Contr. Gray Herb. 179: 29) for N. eriophora, and is not the 2-3-forking system of N. geraniifolia, as cited by Vareschi (Acta Bot. Venez. 1: 102).

Discussion:

Notholaena palmatifida Kunze, Farnkr. 1: 148. 1844, nom. nud. Based on Gardner 2390, the type of N. eriophora.

Polypodium eriophorum (Fee) Hooker, Ic. PI. 10: t. 991. 1854. Also published as t. 91 in Cent. Ferns. 1854.

Cheilanthes eriophora (Fee) Mett., Abhandl. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges. Frankfurt 3: 67. 1858. Also published as Farngat. Cheil. no. 14. 1859.

Notholaena steyermarkii Vareschi, Acta Bot. Venez. 1: 100. 1966, as “Nothochlaena.” Type. Chimantá-tepuí (Torono-tepuí), along base of southeast-facing sandstone bluffs, from south corner northeastward, alt 1700 m, Steyermark 75534 (VEN; isotypes NY, US).

Type. Shady cliffs on the hills near Oeiras, Prov, de Piauhy, Brazil, March, 1839, Gardner 2390 (BM or BR not seen; isotypes K and P, photos by Weatherby US).

Distribution:Brazil South America| Venezuela South America| Colombia South America|