Tmesipteris ovata

Oval Fork-fern

Weeping epiphytic fern ally with narrow leafy stems, unbranched, or branched once. Branching rooting stem (rhizome) but no true roots. Matures in one season.

Additional information

  • FamilyPsilotaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size10-20 cm long
  • Plant groupingEpiphytes
  • LeavesCrowded straight oblong leaves, broader at the tip, 8-14 mm long, small point on blunt tip.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Spores in rounded 2-chambered capsule at the base of forked specialised leaves, narrower and shorter than sterile leaves.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsGrows on trunks of tree ferns, especially Rough Tree fern, in wet slopes and gullies of wet forests. Full shade. Restricted distribution within the Shire.
  • Garden useVery specific requirements and delicacy of the plant make it difficult for cultivation.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusRare in Victoria with few known populations. Very restricted distribution within the Shire.
Photographer/s: 1, 2 Ken Harris ©; 3 Neville Walsh, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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