Microlepia C. Presl
Photo: P. Ballings
Description of the genus
Rhizome creeping. Fronds closely spaced. Lamina pinnate to 4-pinnatifid, often large, herbaceous, pubescent; veins free, rarely anastomising. Sori subcircular, borne at the vein endings, which also bear a conspicuous gland; indusium cup-shaped, opening towards the margin. Spores trilete.
Derivation of name: micros: small, lepis: scale; sori are covered by a small indusium.
Worldwide: c. 45 species worldwide, mostly in tropical Asia.
We have 3 taxa in the database for Microlepia.