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

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 years ago

Thanks, Akhil. :)

Akhil 8 years ago

this is beautiful

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 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 8 years ago

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

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 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 8 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
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mauna Kunzah

Hilo, Hawaii, USA

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

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