Tropical CloakfernCarl Rothfels
Notholaena montieliae was newly described in 2008 (Yatskievych and Arbeláez, 2008); previously, the few collections of this species were thought to be the superficially similar Notholaena rosei. Notholaena montieliae has an unusual geographic range for a core Notholaena species (for any cheilanthoid for that matter)—all collections are from acidic rocks in a small area of Honduras and adjacent western Nicaragua. Central America is otherwise free of endemic cheilanthoids, and has a low cheilanthoid richness in general.
In its general leaf shape and dissection, N. montieliae probably most closely resembles N. jaliscana (a member of the N. aureolina clade), but is easily distinguished from that species by its farina color (white rather than bright yellow) and leaf margins (slightly recurving over the sporangia vs. modified into strongly differentiated ciliate false indusia). The white farina and light-colored leaf stalks distinguish N. montieliae from all other core Notholaena species except for N. rosei. The leave blades of N. rosei are longer than those of N. montieliae (relative to their width) and have proportionally shorter stalks that are more densely glandular. Notholaena montieliae can also be distinguished by its interesting tendency to have fractiferous stipes: leaf stalks that consistently break off at the same distance up from the rhizome (Yatskievych and Arbeláez, 2008).
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