Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Pteridophyte Literature for Amauropelta globulifera
Palmer, 2003.
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      Amauropelta globulifera

Common name(s): palapalai a Kampapua`a
General Information
DistributionHawaiian Islands.In the Hawaiian Islands, endemic to Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

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HabitatMoist habitats and especially near streams and waterfalls
Elevation100-2200 m
Terrestrial, medium-sized; rhizomes decumbent to erect, clothed in old stipes.
Fronds 40-140 cm long; stipe clothed with white, single-celled hairs, sparsely scaly at base, short, 1/6-1/10 frond length; blade oblanceolate, tapering at both ends, abaxial surface with many glistening, amber-colored, appressed glands, fewer glands adaxially, both surfaces with white, unicellular hairs, especially over veins; rachises grooved, with abundant, very short (0.4-1 mm long), curved, white, sharp-tipped hairs; pinnae 20-50 pairs, lower 6-18 pairs gradually diminishing in size to basal pinnae as small as 2 mm long; costae grooved adaxially, bearing many very fine hairs as on rachises; veins free, not anastomosing below sinuses.
Sori submarginal to marginal; indusia small, kidney-shaped, margins lined with many appressed glands and scattered, unicellular hairs.
Latin globus, globe, sphere, + fero, bear, carry, referring to the globose glands on the blades.
Sally Eichhorn