Tmesipteris parva

Small Fork-fern

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

Additional information

  • FamilyPsilotaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 10 cm long
  • Plant groupingEpiphytes
  • LeavesCrowded curved lance-shaped leaves, tapering to a point, 9-14 mm long, small point on blunt tip. Plants in Warburton area have leaves similar to T. ovata, broader towards the end with a point on the tip.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Spores in 2-chambered capsule at the base of forked specialised leaves, shorter than sterile leaves.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsGrows on trunks of tree-ferns, especially Rough Tree-fern, in gullies of moist to wet forests. Full shade.
  • Garden useVery specific requirements and delicacy of the plant make it difficult for cultivation.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusRare in Victoria with few known populations. Occurs mainly between Gembrook and Warburton within the Shire.
Photographer/s: 1 Andre Messina Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©; 2 Daniel Ohlsen Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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