Goniophlebium subauriculatum (Polypodiaceae)

Goniophlebium subauriculata

An attractive and robust epiphytic fern that seems to have a liking for the leaf bases of palms. This is a rainforest fern but can often be seen in urban parks and on old trees.

In my opinion, one of the distinctive feature of the Goniophlebiums I know is the sori on the underside are deeply embedded in the leaflets and therefore appears as a strong bump on the upperside of the leaflets (more so than species of Nephrolepis).

Goniophlebium subauriculata

G. subauriculatum is very similar to its close relative G. percussum, the only very perceivable difference being the shape of the leaflet base. G. subauriculatum has a somewhat auriculate (ear-like) leaflet base while that of G. percussum is rounded.


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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