The Fern Gazette Volume 22 Part 2

Published 1st November 2023

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New fern records for Senegal: Adiantum capillus-veneris and Pteris togoensis (Pteridaceae)
Sinopse taxonômica dos gêneros Doryopteris e Lytoneuron (Pteridaceae)
P. A. B. Mingou, T. Bayet, C. Cambier & M. Gueye pg(s) 45-60
Two species, Adiantum capillus-veneris and Pteris togoensis, (Pteridaceae) are reported for the pteridoflora of Senegal for the first time. Both are found on waterfalls in the Kedougou region in the south-east of Senegal. Adiantum capillus-veneris forms scattered colonies on the cliff of a very sunny waterfall, while Pteris togoensis grows on the slope of a shady cliff where the soil is very rich in humus. Both species occur in hard-to-reach areas not frequented by the local population.

An annotated checklist of ferns and lycophytes of Algeria and an analysis of their diversity and conservation
R. Meddour, O. Sahar, T. Hamel & B. Medjahdi pg(s) 61-78
An updated checklist of ferns and lycophytes of Algeria is presented, including taxonomy, distribution, conservation status, and notes. Overall, 61 taxa of ferns and lycophytes, from 27 genera and 16 families, are reported for Algeria, which counts for approximately 54% of the North African pteridophytes. There are also ten further uncertain taxa that need modern confirmation. The purpose of this work was to revise the checklist of all known pteridophytes present in Algeria and to provide a discussion on their taxonomy diversity, distribution pattern, rarity, conservation status, and national legal protection. Critical comments on most of the taxa are made.

Ferns of Iraq, an updated checklist
C.R. Fraser-Jenkins, B.K. Maulood, & A.M. Ismail pg(s) 79-96
Pteridophytes in Iraq are very limited in number due to the hot, dry and partly desertic climate, though in Kurdistan in the N. and N.E. of the country, damper higher altitude conditions allow some extensions of range of the European-Mediterranean type flora from adjacent S.E. Turkey and N.W. Iran. Boissier (1884) and Zohary (1950) included a few species of pteridophytes in their general accounts of the Iraqi flora. Then Hadač (1961) and Ballard (1966) made the only detailed checklist-studies of Iraqi ferns and allies, listing 17 species each, of which 16 were correct. More recently Maulood et al. (2017-2021) and Ismail et al. (2018-2022) have published several local papers with reports of species known from Kurdistan, N. Iraq, and in order to enhance their taxonomic accuracy these have been evaluated and re-identified here as far as possible, though mainly from unlocalised field photographs without properly documented herbarium voucher specimens for verification. Several corrections have therefore been made to their reports, including three newly identified records for Iraq. Twenty-one pteridophyte species are now verified from Iraq, listed here with specimens cited where possible, including a number seen by the first author in international herbaria. Thoroughly documented fieldwork and comprehensive study in herbaria, both abroad and especially in Iraq, are still required to obtain a more complete and critically accurate picture of fern distribution within Iraq.

Additions to the Pteridophyte diversity of Bhutan
P. Wangdi pg(s) 97-108
A new checklist of Bhutanese pteridophytes has recently been compiled listing 563 (535 species and 28 additional subspecies with seven additional unnumbered hybrids, excluding cultivated species) giving details and citing specimens (Fraser-Jenkins et al., 2023). The present work provides information on the taxa newly recorded for Bhutan, collected by the author in the west, east and south-east of the country. A total of 21 taxa has been discovered new for Bhutan and are listed here, with brief details.
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