This is a spectacular Didymoglossum with peltate leaves that are tightly appressed to the lower trunks of trees. The involucres are turned up and point away from the trunk surface. The best way to collect it is to cut the bark off of the tree itself, otherwise the plants break into fragments. My flash failed me that day, but I managed to get these shots.
Collection Data (M. Sundue & H. Maraia 4449)
Classification & Common Names
- Class: Polypodiopsida
- Family: Hymenophyllaceae
- Genus: Didymoglossum Desv.
- Species: Didymoglossum tahitense (Nadeaud) Ebihara & K. Iwats.
- Common name(s):
General Collection Data
- Date: 16-XI-2019
- Primary Collector & #: M. Sundue & H. Maraia 4449
- Collection Party: Irene Engilis, Alan Hitch, Ed de Vogel, John Trochet, Nittya Semard, Allen Allison, Raymon Joshua, Kore Maraia, Dabio, Alois Gambia
- Det. History: M. Sundue
- Habitat: Castanopsis forest
- Habit: Epiphyte
- Specimen Locations: LAE, VT
- Location: Wild Dog Camp - former site of SINIVIT Wild Dog Mine – – – East New Britain – Papua New Guinea.
- Coordinates: S4.60023° E152.03033°
- Elevation: 567 m