Phegopteris contains four species and is widely distributed throughout the N temperate zone, with one species in SE Asia. It is closely related to Thelypteris, from which it differs by adnate (vs. stalked to sessile) suprabasal pinnae and non-grooved rachises. Phegopteris connectilis is widespread in temperate regions of the N Hemisphere. It is similar to P. hexagonoptera, which differs in having the proximal pair of pinnae connected to those above by a wing along the rachis (vs. not connected in P. connectilis) and veins in segments of the middle pinnae always forked or pinnate (vs. mostly simple in P. connectilis).
Collection Data (F.B. Matos 2339)
Classification & Common Names
- Class: Polypodiopsida
- Family: Thelypteridaceae
- Genus: Phegopteris (C. Presl) Fée
- Species: Phegopteris connectilis (Michx.) Watt
- Common name(s): Northern beech fern
General Collection Data
- Date: 21-VIII-2013
- Primary Collector & #: F.B. Matos 2339
- Collection Party: et al.
- Det. History: F.B. Matos, VIII.2013.
- Habitat: Boreal forest
- Habit: Terrestrial
- Specimen Locations: NY, RB, SP, UPCB
- Location: Donnell Pond – – Hancock County – Maine – United States.
- Coordinates: 44.577222, -68.104444
- Elevation: 60 m
Ph. connectilis is also in Europe.
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