Dryopteris atrata (Wall) Ching, Sinensia 3: 326, 1933 (syn: Aspidium atratum Wall ex Kunze; Dryopteris hirtipes var. atrata (Wall. ex Kunze) C.Chr.; Dryopteris hirtipes subsp. atrata (Wall. ex Kunze) Fraser-Jenk.; Nephrodium atratum (Wall. ex Kunze) Hand.-Mazz.);
SW. India, Central Nepal to China and Indo-China, Japan, Taiwan: Assam, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Hainan, India, Japan, Myanmar, Nepal, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, Vietnam as per POWO;
China (Anhui, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang), Taiwan, Tibet, Bhutan, India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam State, Kerala, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal), Myanmar [Burma], Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam as per Catalogue of Life;


Dryopteris hirtipes (Blume) Kuntze SN 23420b : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1) – 4 mb.
Wild fern from Western Ghats Tamilnadu 

Yes, it is hirtipes, probably subsp. atrata – but as the diagnostic frond-base is missing, esp,. stipe with all scales and lowest pinna – the specimen is totally inadequate and should not have been illustrated as it gives a bad example.  Frond-BASES not apices, please!

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