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Dichranopteris linearis


The purple fiddlehead of a native Hawaiian fern.


Seen in the rainforest of Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park. Low light conditions and rich volcanic soil were probably ideal for this plant. Altitude ~5000 ft.


I spotted this on the famous Kilauea Iki trail, which is a four hour hike down to the active volcanic crater.

1 Species ID Suggestions

hpwra 11 years ago
Dicranopteris linearis Non-Flowering Plant Families, UH Botany

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 11 years ago

Thanks, Akhil. :)

Akhil 11 years ago

this is beautiful

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 11 years ago

Thank you so much, hpwra! Believe me, the setting and the plant did all the work for me. Volcanoes Nat'l Park is amazing.

hpwra 11 years ago

Beautiful picture of a native Hawaiian fern. Love the lighting in the background.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 11 years ago

Thank you, Muckpuk! I agree that they're always worth appreciating. :)

Any idea of the genus?

I've also got similar (but better) photos of another fern, and I'll post them soon.

Muckpuk 11 years ago

What a lovely Arty picture! I see them all the time and always stand still appreciating them, but kind of feel it would lose its beauty in a picture. Not with your picture! IT IS LOVELY

mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

Hilo, Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Jan 6, 2013
Submitted on Feb 8, 2013

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