Asplenium flaccidum

Weeping Spleenwort

Tufted weeping epiphytic fern spreading from short thick stems.

Additional information

  • FamilyAspleniaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizefronds 0.2-0.9 m long
  • Plant groupingEpiphytes
  • LeavesThick leathery bright green narrow fronds, twice divided. Green stem flattened, grooved. Narrow primary segments to 20 cm long, scattered along midrib. Final segments narrow with long tips.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Oblong spore cases to one side of the midvein, one per segment, cover attached at midvein.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsGrows on tree ferns and trunks in wet forest gullies. Full shade.
  • Garden useGrow in hanging baskets or on tree fern slabs in moist protected gardens and ferneries.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites.
Photographer/s: 1 Daniel Ohlsen, Royal Botanic Gardens Boards ©; 2 Jeff Jeanes, Royal Botanic Gardens Boards ©

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