Pityrogramma trifolia was fairly common in the small pastures and rocky banks along streams in Parque Nacional Las Orquideas.
Collection Data (M. Sundue 3221)
Classification & Common Names
- Class: Polypodiopsida
- Family: Pteridaceae
- Genus: Pityrogramma Link
- Species: Pityrogramma trifolia (L.) R. M. Tryon
- Common name(s):
General Collection Data
- Date: 05-IX-2012
- Primary Collector & #: M. Sundue 3221
- Collection Party: M. Sundue, J. Betancur, P. Pedraza, G. Giraldo, M. Jaimes, E. Tineo, M. Londono, A. Duque, L. Arias
- Det. History: M. Sundue
- Habitat: Pasture, Stream bank
- Habit: Terrestrial
- Specimen Locations: COL, NY, VT
The growth habit of this plant (especially the orientation of the pinnae) is really interesting – do you know of any other Pityrogramma species that are like this? I can’t think of any. I don’t know P. trifoliata well, but have seen it once or twice.
This is the only species with pinnae of Pityrogramma that are not oriented in a flat plane. Broadly speaking, it is uncommon in ferns. Pellaea trifoliata, some filmy ferns, and some Schizaea come to mind as other examples.