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small ferns

Grammitis billardierei /Hymenophyllum australe


Growing on trunks of giant eucalyptus trees was a carpet of different types of ferns. The long fronds (Strap Fern/ Grammitis billardierei) with long sori (pic #2) were interspersed with small beautifully branching ferns (Austral Filmy-fern/ Hymenophyllum australe). They were dripping with moisture from the tree tops


Damp eucalyptus forest


There was moss as well on these trunks - just a mat of textured green ! My thanks to Vinny for the IDs for the two different ferns.

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Vinny 7 years ago

Not a problem Leuba, the trunk of these giant eucalypts must have been quite a sight.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Vinny, So pleased to have you look at my spottings. Thanks for the information and for providing the correct IDs for these. Have learnt something new !!

Vinny 7 years ago

The fern with the spores shown on the underside of the leaf looks like Grammitis billardierei.

Also, the flora of Melbourne suggests Trichomanes plicatum isn't found in the area but Hymenophyllum australe from the same family (Hymenophyllaceae), fits the bill as the stipe has leaf material running the whole way along.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 years ago

Thanks very much for the link Martin. I have found the ID for the branching fern -Trichomanes plicatum. I will put up the relevant link on the notes.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 years ago

....the fronds were only about 20mm to 40mm long.

MartinL 10 years ago

What do you think of this one?

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Feb 18, 2012
Submitted on Apr 25, 2012

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