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Danaea nodosa

Maarten Christenhusz
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Containing group: "Danaea"


Danaea nodosa is the type species of the genus Danaea. It occurs in the Greater Antilles and Southern Brazil, but the name has been widely applied to similar species in the "Danaea"-clade, like D. media in Central America, D. kalevala in the Lesser Antilles, and D. nigrescens in Amazonian South America.

In the Greater Antilles D. nodosa grows in clayey patches between karsted limestone rocks in closed canopy forest, commonly at low elevations.  At the higher elevations of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, the species is replaced by D. grandifolia.


Danaea nodosa has a dorsiventrally creeping rhizome with only two rows of fronds. The fronds grow up to 180 cm tall, and despite its name, lack nodes on the stipe. The pinnae are oblanceolate and finely serrulate at the apex.

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Scientific Name Danaea nodosa (L.) Sm.
Location Ecclesdown, Portland Parish, Jamaica
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Identified By Maarten Christenhusz & Hanna Tuomisto
Life Cycle Stage sporophyte
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Maarten Christenhusz
The Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom

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