These photos document observations by Susan Fawcett and I to document the primary-hemiepiphytic habit of Pleopeltis bradeorum. We found juvenile sporophytes starting as epiphytes on tree trunks. Maturing sporophytes develop two types of roots: short clasping-roots that seem to serve primarily to help adhere to the plant to the phorophyte, and elongate feeder-roots that descend to the ground.
Collection Data (M. Sundue 3935)
Classification & Common Names
- Class: Polypodiopsida
- Family: Polypodiaceae
- Genus: Pleopeltis Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.
- Species: Pleopeltis bradeorum (Rosenst.) A. R. Sm. & Tejero
- Common name(s):