Adiatnum aneitense is unusual within the genus for being epiphytic. At Mt. Gohavisuka, were I found this plant, they were primarily growing on the root mantles of tree ferns.
Collection Data (S. A. James & M. Sundue 1701)
Classification & Common Names
- Class: Polypodiopsida
- Family: Pteridaceae
- Genus: Adiantum L.
- Species: Adiantum aneitense Caruth.
- Common name(s):
General Collection Data
- Date: 21-II-2012
- Primary Collector & #: S. A. James & M. Sundue 1701
- Collection Party: Michael Sundue, Si He
- Det. History: Layne Huiet, 2013 (DUKE)
- Habitat: Primary Forest
- Habit: Epiphyte
- Specimen Locations: BISH, DUKE, VT
Epiphytic on tree fern root mantles
- Location: Mt. Gohavisuka Provincial Park – – Goroka – Eastern Highlands – Papua New Guinea.
- Coordinates: 6°1'S, 145°25'E
- Elevation: 2300 m
And this goes to those who still cannot believe in the close relationship between Adiantum and other vittarioid ferns…Great photos of this super cool species. I loved that you also found the gametophytes.