Asplenium bulbiferum ssp. gracillimum

Mother Spleenwort

Tufted epiphytic perennial with erect or, more usually, weeping fronds. Bulbils often form on ends of fronds, producing new plantlets. Spreads from short thick branching stems.

Additional information

  • FamilyAspleniaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.5-1.2 m x 1 m
  • Plant groupingEpiphytes
  • LeavesThin, shining pale to dark green egg-shaped fronds, 2-3 times divided, on stout grooved green stems, black below. Main segments 4-20 cm long, often stalked, outer margins convex.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Short oblong spore cases along veins, covered by membranous flap.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsGrows on tree fern trunks, logs and moist well drained humus-rich soils in gullies of wet forests and rainforests. Dappled to full shade.
  • Garden useMoist fernery or containers.
  • Commercially availableGenerally
  • Conservation statusLocally relatively common within its preferred growing conditions.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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