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Arrowhead Fern, Hard Fern

Pellaea calomelanos var. calomelanos


Saw this plant in the veld on a walk. Photo 1 is the back side of a leaf, 2nd the front side and the 3rd is the plant itself which was about 300mm high.


It is found in eastern and southern Africa (Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe) where it is associated with Afromontane vegetation, as well as on Madagascar, The Comoros, and the Mascarene Islands. Disjunct populations are found in northern India, Spain (Catalonia), and the Azores.


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77 Comments (1–25)

HazelMarley 11 months ago


HazelMarley 11 months ago


Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns a year ago

Thanks Chun!

ChunXingWong a year ago

Great find, Johan Heyns.
A belated congratulations!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau a year ago

Awesome find, Johan!! Congratulations on the achievement!

Smith'sZoo a year ago

Baie geluk Johan!!!!!!!!

DaneCole a year ago

Congrats, such a stunning fern!

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns a year ago

Thanks again everyone. This one was quite a surprise for me!

My favorite fern! Congratulations Johan!

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

Congratulations, Johan!

Congratulations Johan !

MacChristiansen a year ago

Congratulations Johan

Wild Things
Wild Things a year ago

Congratulations Johan!

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns a year ago

Wow! Thanks guys and girls. This is really something. Makes all the hours of walking around and snapping worth it.

LeanneGardner a year ago

Well done Johan & congratulations!

KarenL a year ago

Congratulations Johan! This lovely fern has been chosen as "2012 Best Spotting of the Year" in the Plant category!

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 2 years ago

Thanks! I'm amazed that a plant elicit so many comments!

caleb1 2 years ago

cool pic

megan1 2 years ago


joshua1 2 years ago

It looks like a fern from a different planet

olivia1 2 years ago

Thats so awesome!!!! It looks un-real.......

adin1 2 years ago

Beautiful it will match my dress

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 2 years ago

Thanks Adarsha!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 2 years ago

Beautiful Johan..

tdphuc 2 years ago

Looks beautiful!

Lesedi Local Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa

Lat: -26.50, Long: 28.34

Spotted on May 13, 2012
Submitted on May 13, 2012

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