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Hymenophyllum flabellatum (Shiny Filmy-fern)

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Polypodiophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida
Order: Hymenophyllales
Family: Hymenophyllaceae
Genus: Hymenophyllum
Species: H. flabellatum
Binomial name: Hymenophyllum flabellatum
Synonym: Mecodium flabellatum, Hymenophyllum nitens
Common name: Shiny Filmy-fern, Filmy fern.

Hymenophyllum flabellatum is filmy fern indigenous to New Zealand and its islands, Australia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa and Tahiti. It grows in coastal to montane forests. Often epiphytic, especially on tree fern trunks, but also on overhanging banks, damp rocks and overhanging banks.

For more details visit: http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora_details.aspx?ID=840   

Photographed with light behind the fronds to show how thin they are.

Fronds with developing sori.

Juvenile fern

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