Abrodictyum caudatum

Jungle Bristle-fern

Erect, tufted epiphytic fern with layered segments, on a short creeping or sub-erect rooting stem (rhizome). Stem short, dark brown.

Additional information

  • SynonymCephalomanes caudatum, Macroglena caudata
  • FamilyHymenophyllaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • SizeFronds 4-20 cm long
  • Plant groupingEpiphytes
  • LeavesLacy lance-shaped translucent dark green fronds, 2-3 times divided, 1 cell thick; final segments very narrow, margins entire, single veined. Midrib narrowly winged, brown.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Conical membrane at ends of lateral final segments 2-10 mm long, containing spore cases which are crowded onto a protruding bristle.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsHumid rainforests, growing on tree ferns especially the Rough Treefern. Full shade. Rare plant in Victoria and within the Shire.
  • Garden useVery specific requirements and delicacy of the plant make it difficult for cultivation. Grow in moist ferneries mounted on tree ferns.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusRare in Victoria with few known populations. Occurs in a few disjunct areas of the Shire. Most populations occur in East Gippsland.
Photographer/s: 1 R. Hill ©, Australian National Botanic Gardens; 2 Jeff Jeanes, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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