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Family: POLYPODIACEAE 

 Lecanopteris carnosa
 

Plant found on the shore of Lake Mooat,
northern Sulawesi, Indonesia.

  
Author:  Carl Ludwig von Blume 1828
Family:  Polypodiaceae
Habitat:  Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines
Soil:  No; Epiphytic
Water:  Medium-Maximum
Sun:  Minimum-Medium
Thickness:  3-4 centimetres, clusters of 50 centimetres
Height:  20 centimetres
Flower:  No, Spores
Reproduction:  Spores/Rhizomes
Pop names:  Ant Fern
Synonyms:  Onychium carnosum Reinw. 1828. Pleopeltis carnosa, Lecanopteris pumila Carl Ludwig von Blume 1829. Cornelis Rugier Willem Karel van Alderwerelt van Rosenburgh1909.
Got it from:  Lake Mooat, northern Sulawesi, Indonesia
Year:  2009

My humble plant.

Large clusters are found high up on the branches on various trees.

The leaves are small on young plants.

The old rhizomes die, but the plant continues its growth.

Huge clusters are formed.

   This member of the Polypodiaceae family was given this name by Carl Ludwig von Blume in 1828. It is found in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, growing on the branches of trees with some to lots of water and little to some sun. The rhizomes can grow to three to four centimetres in diameter, forming clusters of 50 centimetres. The leaves up to 25 centimetres long.

It is a ant fern, and I had no doubt when I climbed the trees they was in!

The rhizomes are full of canals, forming the perfect ant nest.

But it all start with a tiny dot.

Will experience quite some draught through half a year.

Kingdom SubKingdom SuperDivision Division SubDivision Class SubClass Order Family Genus Species
PLANTAE Tracheophyta

Pteridophytes

Polypodiophyta Polypodiophytina Polypodiopsida

Polypodiidae

Polypodiales Polypodiaceae Lecanopteris carnosa