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Development of the Sexual Phase of Pseudocolysis bradeorum (Polypodiaceae)

Blanca Pérez-García, Aniceto Mendoza, Ramón Riba and Luis D. Gómez-Pignataro
American Fern Journal
Vol. 91, No. 4 (Oct. - Dec., 2001), pp. 214-226
Published by: American Fern Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1547408
Page Count: 13
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Development of the Sexual Phase of Pseudocolysis bradeorum (Polypodiaceae)
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Abstract

The development and morphology of the sexual phase of Pseudocolysis bradeorum (Polypodiaceae) are described from material collected in Finca La Selva, near Puerto Viejo, Province of Heredia, Costa Rica. Spores were sown in Thompson medium with agar (25 Petri dishes) and germinated after seven days; the germination pattern was Gleichenia-type and the prothallial development Drynaria-type. Gametangia were typical of homosporous leptosporangiate ferns. Sporophytes appeared after seven months of culture. The sexual phase of this species shares many morphological characteristics with Old and New World species of Polypodiaceae. There is a tendency for vegetative propagation with Pseudocolysis gametophytes.

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