Revealing a cryptic fern distribution through DNA sequencing: Pityrogramma trifoliata in the Western Andes of Peru


Journal Article

Fern identification usually requires the use of mature sporophytes, since attempts to identify juveniles using morphological traits often provides unsatisfactory results. Here we examined young sporophytes found among boulders in a river basin of a xeric valley in central Peru. Attempts to identify these sporophytes first pointed to four different genera, two in Pteridaceae (Anogramma and Pityrogramma), and the others in Aspleniaceae (Asplenium) and Cystopteridaceae (Cystopteris). Here, we resolved this puzzle combining morphology and sequences of DNA (rbcL and trnG-R) that point to Pityrogramma trifoliata of Pteridaceae.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • León, B; Rothfels, CJ; Arakaki, M; Young, KR; Pryer, KM

Published Date

  • January 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 103 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 40 - 48

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-8444

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1640/0002-8444-103.1.40

Citation Source

  • Scopus