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Fork Fern (Tmesipteris lanceolata)

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Psilotopsida
Order: Psilotales
Family: Psilotaceae
Genus: Tmesipteris
Species: Tmesipteris lanceolata
Common name:  It is one of a group of plants called Fork Ferns.

These are not true ferns but a small group of primative spore producing plants. They have no close relatives. The genus occurs in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands.
Tmesipteris lanceolata is not endemic.  It occurs as an epiphytes on tree ferns. Its leaves are generally in the same plane and sporangia have rounded ends. It can be found New Zealand wide in coastal and lowland forests