This beautiful fern was found in the understory of a temperate rainforest in the heart of Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. Towering above its finely divided, ~1 meter long fronds were oldgrowth Nothofagus and Podocarpus trees draped in moss and Hymenophyllum species. I came across this species elsewhere in Chile but nowhere was it as tall and elegant as in these old, untouched rainforests at the toe of the Southern Ice Field.
Classification & Common Names
- Class: Polypodiopsida
- Family: Dryopteridaceae
- Genus: Polystichum Roth
- Species: Polystichum multifidum T. Moore
- Common name(s):
- Location: Bernardo O'Higgins National Park – – – Aisén – Chile.
- Elevation: -48.2709,-73.8292