Leptochilus nicotianifolius (Sw.)Christensen Creeping epiphyte; rhizome closely appressed to trees; scales dark brown, lanceolate-linear, the rhizome scales dense, some deciduous, the petiole scales sparse, mostly near the base. Leaves at first simple, becoming 1-pinnate, ca 1 m long; petioles shorter than blades; sterile leaflets in 1-5 pairs, oblong-elliptic to oblong-oblanceolate, narrowly acuminate, rounded to acute and decurrent at base, 15-40 cm long, 2.5-10 cm wide, entire to irregularly sinuate, the ultimate veins not uniform, the major veins arcuate, parallel to midrib; fertile leaves similar to sterile ones except much reduced, the leaflets 4.5-20 cm long, 0.8-3 cm wide. Sori continuous on underside of blade. J H. Faull s. n., Croat 14576. Apparently rare. Honduras south to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and the Guianas; West Indies. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone and Panama, from premontane wet forest in Veraguas, and from tropical wet forest in Colón (Rio Guanche). See Fig. 19.