These photos document observations by Susan Fawcett and I to document the primary-hemiepiphytic habit of Pleopeltis bradeorum. We found juvenile sporophytes starting as epiphytes on tree trunks. Maturing sporophytes develop two types of roots: short clasping-roots that seem to serve primarily to help adhere to the plant to the phorophyte, and elongate feeder-roots that descend to the ground.
Collection Data (M. Sundue 3935)
Classification & Common Names
- Class: Polypodiopsida
- Family: Polypodiaceae
- Genus: Pleopeltis Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.
- Species: Pleopeltis bradeorum (Rosenst.) A. R. Sm. & Tejero
- Common name(s):
General Collection Data
- Date: 20-I-2015
- Primary Collector & #: M. Sundue 3935
- Collection Party: S. Fawcett & M. Sundue
- Det. History: M. Sundue
- Habitat: Tropical rainforest
- Specimen Locations: CR, VT
- Location: La Selva Biological Field Station – – Sarapiqui – Heredia – Costa Rica.
- Coordinates: 10.432, -84.0287
- Elevation: 100 m