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Pleopeltis Humboldt & Bonpland ex Willdenow. Shielded-Sorus Polypody.

Key to Pleopeltis

A genus of about 90 species (as circumscribed by Smith & Tejero-Díez 2014 and PPG I 2016), primarily tropical. Windham (1993) and later authors, such as Otto et al. (2009), make a compelling case, based on morphological, chemical, and molecular data, that the “scaly polypodies” should be placed in Pleopeltis, rather than in Polypodium. The Pleopeltis polypodioides complex is monographed by Sprunt (2010) as including eight taxa at species rank: one (P. michauxiana) in se. North America, six in tropical America from s. FL and Mexico south through the West Indies, Central America to South America, and one in s. Africa.

Ref: Andrews & Windham (1993) In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (1993b); Hennipman, Veldhoen, & Kramer In Kramer & Green (1990); Mickel & Smith (2004); Nauman (1993i) In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (1993b); Otto et al. (2009); PPG I (2016); Smith & Tejero-Díez (2014); Smith et al. (2018); Sprunt (2010); Vincent & Hickey (2014); Windham (1993). Show full citations.

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