Tectaria confluens (Dryopteridaceae)

Tectaria muelleri

Everyone should know this common and large terrestrial fern of rainforest. The ornamental value of this fern doesn’t seem to have been exploited much. The fronds have a distinctive look and although there are other species of Tectaria in FNQ, this species can easily be distinguished by having much of the rachis winged. In other species the pinnae are not linked by any lamina on the rachis.

This species was previously known as T. muelleri.

Tectaria muelleri

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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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