Family Nephrolepidaceae, genus Nephrolepis;
world species list.


By Michael Hassler and Brian Swale.      

A list of the species of the genus Nephrolepis, giving current name, authority, synonyms, published references, geographic distribution and (sometimes) illustrations.
Please note: an asterisk * in the distribution list means that the species is exotic to the country named.

005.00 Class Filicopsida
		Trivial names: Ferns
		Statistics: 15 orders, 53 families, 310 genera, 9300-10700 species 
		[11501 species and 454 hybrids listed.
050.000 Order Polypodiales
		Statistics: 9 families, 82 genera, 1996-2140 spp. 
		(2293 species and 31 hybrids listed]
		= Order Davalliales
050.0000 Family Nephrolepidaceae Pichi Sermolli; Webbia 29: 8 (1974)
		Statistics: 1 genus, 30-40 spp. [45 species and 2 hybrids listed]
		Revision date: 20.07.2001

050.0001 Nephrolepis Schott; Gen. Fil., pl. 3 (1834) Statistics: 30-40 spp. tropical / subtropical, mostly SE-Asia, trop. America (6) [44 species and 3 hybrids listed] Revision date: 20.07.2001 = Cardiostegia Moore; Ind. XC (1857) = Lepidoneuron Fée; Gen. Fil. 301 (1850-52) (Lepidonevron) = Leptopleuria Presl; Tent. Pterid. 136 (1836) = Lindsayoides Nakai; Ord. Fam. Trib. Nov. 202 (1943) Nephrolepis abrupta (Bory) Mett.; Fil. Lips. 99 (1856) Nephrolepis acutifolia (Desv.) Christ; Verh. Nat. Ges. Basel 11. 243 (1895) Nephrolepis arida D.L.Jones; Austrobaileya 2(5): 474 (1988) Nephrolepis arthropteroides Kunkel; Nova Hedwigia 6: 205. t. 47 (1963) Nephrolepis biserrata (Sw.) Schott; Gen. Fil. ad. t. 3 (1834) Trivial names: Giant Sword Fern, Broad sword fern, Coarse Sword fern var. auriculata Ching in S.S. Chien & Chun (1959) Nephrolepis celebica Zoll.; Syst. Verz. 44, 49 (1854) Nephrolepis clementis Christ; Phil. Journ. Sci. Bot. 3. 272 (1908) Nephrolepis cordifolia (L.) Presl; Tent. Pterid. 79 (1836) Remarks: Status of name doubtful. If N. cordifolia and N. pendula are united, as some authors prefer, then N. pendula has priority. An unnamed sibling species occurs in Kermadec Isl. and New Zealand - North Island. Trivial names: Fishbone fern, Herringbone fern, Sword fern, Tuber sword fern, Erect Sword fern. Nephrolepis davalliae Alderw.; Bull. Dépt. agric. Ind. néerl. 21. 2 (1908) Nephrolepis davallioides (Sw.) Kunze; Bot. Zeit. 460 (1846) Nephrolepis dayakorum Bonap.; N. Pt. 7. 399 (1918) Nephrolepis delicatula (Decne) Pichi-Serm.; Webbia 23: 181 (1968) Nephrolepis dicksonioides Christ; Verh. Nat. Ges. Basel 11. 241 t. 3 f. 8-10 (1895) Nephrolepis duffii Moore; Gard. Chr. n. s. 9. 622 f. 113 (1878) Nephrolepis exaltata (L.) Schott; Gen. Fil. t. 3 (1834) ssp. exaltata (L.) Schott; Gen. Fil. t. 3 (1834) Trivial names: Wild Boston Fern, Common sword fern ssp. hawaiiensis W.H. Wagner Nephrolepis falcata (Cav.) C. Chr.; Ann. Dansk. Bot. Ark. 9 15 (1937) Trivial names: Weeping Sword fern Nephrolepis glabra Copel.; Phil. Journ. Sci. 1. Suppl. II. 146 (1906) Nephrolepis hirsutula (Forst.) Presl; Tent. 79 (1836) Trivial names: Rough Sword fern, Scurfy Sword fern Nephrolepis humatoides Alderw.; Nova Guinea 14. 33 (1924) Nephrolepis iridescens Alderw.; Bull. Jard. bot. Buit. II nr. XX. 21 (1916) Nephrolepis kurotawae Mak.; Bot. Mag. Tokyo 9. 6 (1895) Nephrolepis laurifolia (Christ) Proctor; Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 53: 262 (1989) Nephrolepis lauterbachii Christ; Bull. Boiss. II. 1. 456 (1901) Nephrolepis lindsayae Christ; Bull. Boiss. 6. 837 (1898) Nephrolepis multifida (Rich.) Mett.; Fil. Lechl. 1. 21 (1856) Nephrolepis multiflora (Roxb.) Jarrett ex Morton; Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 38: 309 (1974) Trivial names: Asian Sword Fern Nephrolepis niphoboloides Alderw.; Bull. Jard. bot. Buit. II nr. XI. 18 (1913) Nephrolepis obliterata (R. Br.) J. Sm.; Journ. Bot. 4. 197 (1841) Remarks: this name has been misapplied to Arthropteris palisotii in older literature. Nephrolepis paludosa (Raddi) Sehnem; Fl. Illustr. Catar. 1: 16 (1979) Nephrolepis pectinata (Willd.) Schott; Gen. Fil. t. 3 (1834) Nephrolepis pendula (Raddi) J. Sm.; J. Bot. (Hooker) 4: 197 (1841) Remarks: see comments under N. cordifolia. Nephrolepis persicifolia Christ; Nova Guinea 8, 169 (1909) Nephrolepis pickelii Rosenst.; Sampaio, Arch. Mus. Nac. Rio 32. 36 (1930) Nephrolepis pilosula Alderw.; Bull. Jard. bot. Buit. II nr. XI. 18 (1913) Nephrolepis pubescens Copel.; Philip. Journ. Sc. 81: 12 (1952) Nephrolepis pumicicola Ballard; Kew Bull. 1956: 467 (1955) Nephrolepis radicans (Burm.) Kuhn; Ann. Lugd. Bat. 4. 285 (1869) Nephrolepis rivularis (Vahl) Mett. ex Krug; Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 24: 122 (1897) Nephrolepis rosenstockii Brause; Engl. Jahrb. 49. 25 (1912) Nephrolepis saligna Carr.; Seem., Fl. Vit. 361 (1873) Nephrolepis schlechteri Brause; Engl. Jahrb. 49. 24 (1912) Nephrolepis serrata Alderw.; Bull. Buit. II no. 28. 34 (1918) Nephrolepis thomsoni Alderw.; Bull. Buit. II no. 24. 2 (1917), Mal. Ferns Suppl. 499 (1917) Nephrolepis undulata (Afzel. ex Sw.) J. Sm.; Bot. Mag. 72 (Companion): 35 bis (1846) Trivial names: Annual Sword fern var. aureoglandulosa (Bonap.) Tardieu Nephrolepis x averyi Nauman; Amer. Fern J. 69(3): 69 (1979) Trivial names: Avery's Sword Fern Nephrolepis x copelandii W.H. Wagner Remarks: Nephrolepis cordifolia x multiflora Nephrolepis x medlerae W. H. Wagner Remarks: Nephrolepis exaltata ssp. hawaiiensis x multiflora
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