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Anogramma leptophylla   (Annual Maidenhair)

Anogramma leptophylla  (PTERIDACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Apr-2006 (last update: 2-Jan-2020)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2-Jan-2020) Anogramma leptophylla retrieved from on 23-Oct-2021

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Anogramma leptophylla(L.) Link
Published in (L.) Link, Fil. Sp. 137 (1841)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Polypodium leptophyllum
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] []

Plant Family :

Pteridaceae E.D.M. Kirchn (The Fern Family)
4 species from the Pteridaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Annual Maidenhair, Jersey Fern

Maltese name(s) :

Tursin ir-riħ

Status for Malta :

Indigenous. Present on the Maltese islands before man

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare    Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: THEROPHYTE ( annual plants, herbaceous )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection :

Not legally protected till the last update of this website (25/Sep/2021)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :

All Year

Colour of Flowers:


Name Derivation :

Anogramma: A Genus of ferns with few species belonging to the family Pteridaceae. The name is composed of two words 'Ano-' = above; upwards; '-gramma' = line or striped. Although its reference is not certain, it may refer linear grooves on the upper surface of the leaves. (Latin origin )
leptophylla: From 'lepto' = thin, slender; 'phylla' = leaves, hence thin leaves. (Greek origin )

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Damp shady places.
Preferred habitat in Malta: Moist rocks and damp places.
Botanical Description: Stock with a few scales when young. Leaves slightly hairy when young, soon becoming glabrous; outer leaves sterile, much shorter than the fertile leaves and with thin, obovate-cuneate pinnules, lobed or dentate at the apex; fertile leaves 3-20 cm, with narrowly obovate-cuneate pinnules. Sori appearing confluent when mature.
Chromosome number: 2n=52
Distributional range: S. & W. Europe, northwards to the Channel Islands.

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
the Azores, the Balaeric Islands, Corse, Crete, France (incl. Monaco and Channel Islands but excluding Corse), Greece, Switzerland, Spain (incl. Andorra but excl. the Balaerics), Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia), ex-Jugoslavia, Portugal, Russia and former USSR, Sardinia, Sicily and/or Malta
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
Ab(A) AE(G) Ag Az(C F J L M P S T) Bl(I M N) Ca(C F G H L P T) Cg Co Cr Ct Cy Eg Ga(C F) Gg(D G) Gr He Hs(G S) Ir It Jo Le Li Lu Ma Md(D M P) Mk Sa Si(M S) ?Sy Tn Tu(A) Uk(K)

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Species Images (13 images)
   Anogramma leptophylla   -   Image Code: AGMLP-0.
   Anogramma leptophylla   -   Image Code: AGMLP-1.
   Anogramma leptophylla   -   Image Code: AGMLP-2.
   Anogramma leptophylla   -   Image Code: AGMLP-3.
   Anogramma leptophylla   -   Image Code: AGMLP-4.
   Anogramma leptophylla   -   Image Code: AGMLP-5.
   Anogramma leptophylla   -   Image Code: AGMLP-6.
   Anogramma leptophylla   -   Image Code: AGMLP-7.
   Anogramma leptophylla   -   Image Code: AGMLP-8.
   Anogramma leptophylla   -   Image Code: AGMLP-9.
   Anogramma leptophylla   -   Image Code: AGMLP-10.
   Anogramma leptophylla   -   Image Code: AGMLP-11.
   Anogramma leptophylla   -   Image Code: AGMLP-12.

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