, Volume 69, Issue 3, pp 313–315 | Cite as

Taxonomic and nomenclatural notes concerning Ormopteris and Pellaea (Pteridaceae) in Brazil

  • Jefferson Prado
  • Regina Y. Hirai
  • Eric Schuettpelz


We typify and clarify the nomenclature and identity of three species originally described in the fern genus Pellaea. We find Pellaea bongardiana to be illegitimate and recognize it as a synonym of Ormopteris riedelii (= P. riedelii). We also consider Pellaea brasiliensis to be a synonym of O. riedelii. The phylogenetic position of Pellaea flavescens, recently combined in Ormopteris (as O. flavescens), is discussed, and a key to all species of Ormopteris in Brazil is provided.


central Brazil cheilanthoids endemics ferns typification 

Literature cited

  1. Baker, J. G. 1870. Cyatheaceae et Polypodiaceae. Pp. 305–624, figs. XX-LXX. In: C. F. P. Martius (ed.), Flora Brasiliensis, volume 1, part 2. F. Fleischer, Leipzig.Google Scholar
  2. Brazilian Flora 2020. In construction. Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Available at: Accessed in: 09 Dec. 2016
  3. Eiserhardt, W. L., J. G. Rohwer, S. J. Russell, J. C. Yesilyurt & H. Schneider. 2011. Evidence for radiations of cheilanthoid ferns in the greater cape floristic region. Taxon 60: 1269–1283.Google Scholar
  4. Fée, A. L. A. 1869. Cryptogames vasculaires du Brésil. Veuve Berger-Levrault & Fils Libraries, Paris.Google Scholar
  5. PPG I. 2016. A community-derived classification for extant lycopods and ferns. Journal of Systematics and Evolution 54: 563–603.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Prado, J. & R. Y. Hirai. 2011. Pellaea flavescens Fée in Rio de Janeiro, its lectotypification, and its new record for São Paulo State, Brazil. American Fern Journal. 101: 50–52.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. ———, C. D .N. Rodriguez, A. Salatino & M. L. F. Salatino. 2007. Phylogenetic relationships among Pteridaceae, including Brazilian species, inferred from rbcL sequences. Taxon 56: 355–368.Google Scholar
  8. ———, E. Schuettpelz, R. Y. Hirai & A. R. Smith. 2013. Pellaea flavescens, a Brazilian endemic, is a synonym of Old World Pellaea viridis. American Fern Journal 103: 21–26.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Smith, J. 1875. Historia Filicum. Macmillan & Co., London.Google Scholar
  10. Tryon, R. M. 1942. A revision of the genus Doryopteris. Contributions from the Gray Herbarium 143: 1–80.Google Scholar
  11. ——— & A. F. Tryon. 1981. Taxonomic and nomenclatural notes on ferns. Rhodora 83: 133–137.Google Scholar
  12. ——— & A. F. Tryon. 1982. Ferns and allies plants, with special reference to tropical America. Springer, New York.Google Scholar
  13. ———, A. F. Tryon & K.U. Kramer. 1990. Pteridaceae. Pp. 230–256. In: K. Kubitzki (ed.), The families and genera of vascular plants. Vol. I. Pteridophytes and gymnosperms. Springer, New York.Google Scholar
  14. Yesilyurt, J. C., T. Barbará, H. Schneider, S. Russell, A. Culham & M. Gibby. 2015. Identifying the generic limits of the cheilanthoid genus Doryopteris. Phytotaxa 221: 101–122.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© The New York Botanical Garden 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto de Botânica, HerbárioSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural HistorySmithsonian InstitutionWashingtonUSA

Personalised recommendations