Distribution

Doryopteris majestosa is relatively widely distributed in east and central South America.

It ranges from north-eastern Brazil (Bahia) towards south-eastern and south Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul). It is also found in the Brazilian states Minas Gerais and Mato Grosso do Sul.

It is also encountered in Paraguay, Argentina and south-eastern Bolivia.

Habitat

Doryopteris majestosa occurs in a variety of habitats - from the Atlantic to secondary forest (though not open and disturbed areas). It can also be found in Parana pine forest (known as Mata de Araucaria in south Brazil).

The species can usually be found growing alongside streams and near forest borders.

It usually grows in large populations, with terrestrial and occasionally rupicolous habit.  

Glossary
Decumbent

Sub-erect (erect meaning vertical).

Diploid

With two sets of chromosomes in each cell.

Fertile frond

Frond that produces spores.

Frond

Leaf of a fern or palm.

Lamina

Leaf blade.

Neotropics

The tropical part of the American continents, such as central Mexico, the Caribbean islands, northern Chile, Paraguay and southern Brazil.

Pantropical

Occurring in all the tropical regions of the world.

Pedate

Palmetely lobed, but with the side lobes further divided successively, one from the other (not all arising from the same point as in palmate).

Petiole

Leaf stalk.

Pinnatilobed

Pinnately divided, with unspecified depth of division.

Proliferous buds

Buds capable of forming another plant.

Rhizome

Modified stem.

Fupicolous

Growing on or amongst rocks.

Sagittate

Shaped like an arrow-head.

Sori (plural of sorus) 

Cluster of sporangia.

Sporangia (plural of sporangium)

Spore-producing structure in pteridophytes.

Sub-dimorphic

Having 2 different shapes, forms or size.

Triploid

With 3 sets of chromosomes in each cell.