Hymenophyllum rarum

Narrow Filmy Fern

Weeping epiphytic fern, fronds crowded or scattered along the rhizome, on a thread-like creeping rooting stem (rhizome). Few hairs at base of dark brown stem.

Additional information

  • FamilyHymenophyllaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizefronds 5-15 cm long
  • Plant groupingEpiphytes
  • LeavesNarrowly oblong translucent pale grey-green fronds, 1-2 times divided, 1 cell thick; final segments broadish, tip blunt, margins entire. Midrib narrowly winged.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Spore cases enclosed in narrow 2-lipped membranous covering at ends of segments, bordered by forked vein.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsGrowing on trunks of Nothofagus in wet rainforest. 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 statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites but locally common.
Photographer/s: 1 Ian McCann, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©; 2 Marilyn Bull ©

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