Notogrammitis billardierei

Common Finger-fern

Erect epiphytic or lithophytic fern, fronds crowded together. Rooting stem (rhizome) very short. Stem very short and winged.

Additional information

  • SynonymGrammitis billardierei
  • FamilyPolypodiaceae (syn. Grammitidaceae)
  • StoreyUpper storey
  • Sizefronds 7-15 cm long
  • Plant groupingEpiphytes
  • LeavesLeathery, dark green narrow oblong undivided fronds with long tapering base, 7-15 cm x 4-7 mm, margins entire, midvein obvious.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Oblong spore cases along upper 2/3 of frond, reaching tip, obliquely angled to the midrib, 8-27 pairs in single rows either side of midrib.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsOn tree branches and trunks, especially soft tree-ferns, on logs and rocks in sheltered rainforest gullies. 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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