This fern is found in Peru and Ecuador, and likely elsewhere in south America. It thrives in low to medium light, and abundant moisture, although it will do well growing on a vertical branch so long as humidity is high. The one below is Ecuadorian and gets quite large, about 10″ tall (and possibly even taller), but there is a small Peruvian form that only gets about 4 inches. They can both form beautiful colonies with enough time, the rhizome […]
This photo was taken in May, the second photo was taken just four months later. As you can see in the second picture, there is a frond coming from the Asplenium that has a frond that looks entirely different than the rest of the plant- more similar to Ascogrammitis than Asplenium! This species shows some resemblance to fragrans but it is a lot more delicate and less rigid in it’s structure.
Excuse the moniker, there are so many unidentified plants in circulation and without giving any name outside the country of origin, it is beginning to get rather confusing! This tiny Asplenium is surprisingly wirey given it’s delicate appearance. The fronds stay about 1-1.5 inches and the small rosettes grow very compactly. It has a lacey apperance and has very elaborate fronds given it’s diminuitive size.
This fern has an interesting mode of growth in that it grows new ferns from the tip of each frond. It also sprouts new ferns through runners. It grows to a maximun size of about 5 inches in diameter, but most plants are composed of only 4-5 elongated fronds. It does best in moderate light and often takes a long time to establish, but is rather fast after that.
It would be a difficult decision to choose between a small filmy fern and a small Asplenium, as ferns go those are my two favorite groups. Although if you threw in a small Elaphoglossum, a Moranopteris, or a Cochlidium that would definitely create a problem. When it comes to small Aspleniums, the fact that they look like miniaturized versions of a more classic type of fern is what always gets me. And while some have more simplified fronds, others are […]
Surprisingly this widespread fern is rarely encountered in the terrarium hobby, probably due to it’s small size, it is often overlooked. Grown well and in the right terrarium, this species can be a show stopper! Some forms are under 1/2″ tall, while the “giant” forms will reach 1″. Each plantlet will hold from 1 to 4 fronds. Wire thin rhizomes will radiate out and form new plant lets. In time this will form whole colonies. It is amazing to see […]