Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Pteridophyte Literature for Vandenboschia davallioides
Palmer, 2003.
   Hymenophyllaceae -- The Filmy Fern Family Bibliography
      Vandenboschia davallioides

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

Hymenophyllaceae - Vandenboschia davallioides

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HabitatShaded mesic and wet forests
Elevation250-1800 m
Terrestrial to epiphytic medium-sized; rhizomes climbing, 1-3 mm diameter, heavily covered with fine, black hairs.
Fronds erect to drooping, 12-45 x 4-18 cm; stipe short, usually less than 1/5 frond length, with fine, dark hairs on younger stipes; blade 2- to 3-pinnate, lanceolate, narrowed at base, green to gray green, stiff-membranous; pinnae lanceolate to long-deltate, middle pinnae mostly 2-3 x longer than wide; ultimate segments ovate-lanceolate, obtuse, deeply lobed, lobes tipped with obtuse teeth.
Sori projecting within plane of blade; indusia long, cone-shaped, sessile to stalked, tips more or less flared.
Davallia, for a fern genus, + oides, resembling, probably suggesting that the indusia resemble those of that genus.
Sally Eichhorn