Polyphlebium venosum

Veined Bristle-fern

Delicate weeping epiphytic fern with scattered fronds along the creeping thread-like rooting stem (rhizome). Thread-like stems.

Additional information

  • SynonymCrepidomanes venosum
  • FamilyHymenophyllaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizefronds 5-15 cm
  • Plant groupingEpiphytes
  • LeavesNarrow translucent pale green fronds, irregularly pinnate or lobed, 1 cell thick; segments hanging, smaller towards base, margins wavy or scalloped.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Single spore case attached to a protruding bristle, on short lateral lobes near the base of main segments, enclosed in narrow winged cone-shaped membranous covering.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsTrunks of Soft Treeferns in wet forests. Full shade.
  • Garden useVery specific requirements and delicacy of the plant make it difficult for cultivation.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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