Marattia oreades (Marattiaceae)

Marattia oreades

King Ferns are recognizable anywhere. They are always or almost always in rainforest, have gigantic huge fronds (yes, the whole frond you see above is one leaf), which is not quite as dissected as most other tree ferns (Cyathea, Dicksonia etc) but much larger and longer than most other terrestrial ferns. However, unlike tree ferns, King Ferns such as Marattia have a somewhat ‘bulbous base’ and no trunk. These are primitive ferns, the likes of which are still scattered among the great tropical rainforest formations of the world. It is always a pleasure to behold.

Marattia oreades

So this is a rather distinctive fern, but the other more famous King Fern (Angiopteris evecta) in FNQ is very similar. However, Marattia tends to be smaller and the details of the spore sac clusters or sori differ.

Marattia oreades


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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