Wednesday, 22 January 2014

January edition of Catalogue of Life is published

The Catalogue of Life, 20th January 2014 is now available online at  The new edition includes updates of the World Ferns checklist that was incorporated into CoL last year as part of the i4Life project. Ferns are a very widespread linaege of plants often now considered to include the Horsetails (Equisetum) and the Whisk Fern (Psilotum).  One of the largest fern genera is Asplenium which has >800 species listed in Catalogue of Life. Illustrated here is Asplenium ceterach which has distinctive rust-brown scales on the underside of its fronds.  This has lead to the common name 'Rustyback fern'.

Asplenium ceterach growing in a rock crevice in southern Spain.

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