Asplenium scolopendropsis is a hemiepiphyte. In this instance, it formed extensive colonies along the exposed roots of a large tree in this peat swamp. On a small tree nearby I observed a mature individual with its roots descending into the soil. Further observations of this species are provided in Sundue & Maraia, 2024.


Sundue, M. and Maraia, H., 2024. Field Work in Papua New Guinea Documents Seven New Records of a Hemiepiphytic Habit in Ferns. Plants13(8), p.1104.

Collection Data (M. Sundue S.110927)

Classification & Common Names

General Collection Data
  • Date: 24-II-2024
  • Primary Collector & #: M. Sundue S.110927
  • Collection Party: Michael Sundue, Peter Wilkie, Sadie Barber, Rantai Jawa, Johnny Angkabau
  • Det. History: M. Sundue
  • Habitat: Lowland forest
  • Habit: Lithophyte
  • Specimen Locations: E, SAR
Additional Comments

Hemiepiphytic on trees in swamp, extensively covering tree roots and ocassionally climbing trunks. Leaves upon the lower portions of the tree and roots with distinctly different morphology from those higher up.

Collection Location