Notogrammitis heterophylla

Gipsy Fern

Weeping epiphytic fern, fronds crowded together in a tuft. Rooting stem (rhizome) short. Stem short and winged, scaly at base.

Additional information

  • SynonymCtenopteris heterophylla
  • FamilyGrammitidaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Sizefronds 5-25 cm x 10 cm
  • Plant groupingEpiphytes
  • LeavesDark green lance-shaped fronds, divided or deeply lobed; segments differing lengths, narrow to oblong, stalkless, bases running into midrib, margins entire or lobed.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Single row of oval spore cases sunken inside margin on either side of midrib, one per lobe.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsOn tree branches and trunks, logs, rocks and in mossy crevices 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 statusSignificant within the Shire. Once more widespread but now known from very few local sites.
Photographer/s: 1 Marc Freestone, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©; 2 Daniel Ohlsen, Royal Botanic Gardens Boards ©; 3 Ken Harris ©

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