Cheilanthes alabamensis

(Buckley) Kunze

Linnaea 20: 4. 1847

Common names: Alabama lip fern
Basionyms: Pteris alabamensis Buckley Amer. J. Sci. Arts 45: 177. 1843
Synonyms: Pellaea alabamensis (Buckley) Hooker
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 2.
Stems short-creeping to compact, 3–7 mm diam.; scales uniformly brown or slightly darker at base, linear-lanceolate, straight to slightly contorted, loosely appressed, persistent. Leaves clustered, 6–50 cm; vernation noncircinate. Petiole black, rounded adaxially. Blade lanceolate to linear-oblong, 2-pinnate to 2-pinnate-pinnatifid at base, 1–7 cm wide; rachis rounded adaxially, lacking scales, with dimorphic pubescence, abaxially sparsely hirsute, adaxially covered with tortuous, appressed hairs. Pinnae not articulate, dark color of stalk continuing into pinna base, basal pair slightly smaller than adjacent pair, ± equilateral, appearing glabrous or sparsely pubescent adaxially. Costae green adaxially for most of length; abaxial scales absent. Ultimate segments narrowly elliptic to elongate-deltate, not beadlike, the largest 3–7 mm, abaxially and adaxially sparsely hirsute to glabrescent. False indusia marginal to obscurely inframarginal, somewhat differentiated, 0.1–0.4 mm wide. Sori ± continuous around segment margins. Sporangia containing 32 spores. n = 2n = 87, apogamous.

Phenology: Sporulating summer–fall.
Habitat: Rocky slopes, cliffs, and ledges, usually on limestone
Elevation: 100–2000 m

Distribution

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Ala., Ariz., Ark., Ga., Kans., Ky., La., Mo., N.Mex., N.C., Okla., Tenn., Tex., Va., Mexico.

Discussion

Plants of Cheilanthes alabamensis occurring in the flora are apogamous triploids; a sexual diploid cytotype has been found in Nuevo León, Mexico (M. D. Windham, unpublished). Given the high degree of morphologic similarity between the two cytotypes, the North American triploid probably was derived from the Mexican diploid through autopolyploidy. In the flora, Cheilanthes alabamensis is most often confused with C. microphylla, from which it is distinguished by having thicker stems, mostly green costae, and 32-spored sporangia.

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

None.

AuthorMichael D. Windham + and Eric W. Rabe +
Authority(Buckley) Kunze +
BasionymsPteris alabamensis +
Common nameAlabama lip fern +
DistributionAla. +, Ariz. +, Ark. +, Ga. +, Kans. +, Ky. +, La. +, Mo. +, N.Mex. +, N.C. +, Okla. +, Tenn. +, Tex. +, Va. + and Mexico. +
Elevation100–2000 m +
HabitatRocky slopes, cliffs, and ledges, usually on limestone +
IllustrationPresent +
Illustration copyrightFlora of North America Association +
IllustratorJohn Myers +
PhenologySporulating summer–fall. +
Publication titleLinnaea +
Publication year1847 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xmlhttps://jpend@bitbucket.org/aafc-mbb/fna-data-curation.git/src/f50eec43f223ca0e34566be0b046453a0960e173/coarse grained fna xml/V2/V2 385.xml +
SynonymsPellaea alabamensis +
Taxon familyPteridaceae +
Taxon nameCheilanthes alabamensis +
Taxon parentCheilanthes +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 2 +