This filmy fern stands out in the forest floor because of its brilliant, metallic blue-green leaves. The wonderful colors are a product of iridescence, which is an optical phenomenon found in only a handful of fern species. To learn more about this exciting topic, see Chapter 18: “Iridescent ferns and their shady behavior” of the book “A Natural History of Ferns” (Moran 2004).


Collection Data (F.B. Matos 246)

Classification & Common Names

General Collection Data
  • Date: 29-I-2005
  • Primary Collector & #: F.B. Matos 246
  • Collection Party: A.M. Amorim, J.L. Paixão, S.C. Sant'Ana et al.
  • Det. History: F.B. Matos, XII.2005
  • Habitat: Atlantic Forest
  • Habit: Terrestrial
  • Specimen Locations: CEPEC, UPCB
Additional Comments

Collection Location