Cyathophorum bulbosum

False Fern-moss

A fern-like epiphytic or lithophytic moss growing horizontally out from tree trunks.

Additional information

  • FamilyHypopterygiaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 20 cm long
  • Plant groupingEpiphytes
  • LeavesPairs of egg-shaped dark green leaves to 8 mm long on a dark stem. Third row of round underleaves below. Short nerve in most leaves.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Large orange-brown capsules on short bristles along underside of stem.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist shaded fern gullies and occasionally stream banks of rainforests growing on tree and tree-fern trunks, rocks, logs and in soil. Full shade.
  • 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 statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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