Plant ID forum: What fern is this?

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AllanLim
Nov 26, 2016 11:43 PM CST
Found it on a hiking trip. Never seen before. Maybe a selaginella sp?
The biggest leaf is around 5 inches. Found on forest floor.


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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 27, 2016 7:05 PM CST
Welcome!

First, we need to know WHERE this forest is located?

Second, did you dig down to the base to see what it was growing out of?

Not trying to be 'cute' but obviously you know something about plants. What made you think it was a selaginella?
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plantladylin
Nov 27, 2016 7:43 PM CST
The growth habit reminds me a bit of Moonwort, in the first photo here: https://www.infoflora.ch/de/fl...
Common moonwort (Botrychium lunaria)
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plantladylin
Nov 27, 2016 7:44 PM CST
I should have said that I really have no idea what plant it is but it sure is interesting and I'll be watching to see if someone identifies it!
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 27, 2016 8:08 PM CST
I have no idea what fern it is but it's gorgeous! I can't wait to find out. Great find Allan! Welcome to NGA! Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!
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plantmanager
Nov 27, 2016 8:46 PM CST
I agree I love it, but have not ever seen it. Hopefully we can get a positive ID for you.
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AllanLim
Nov 27, 2016 10:49 PM CST
It's somewhere in Penang island, Malaysia.
Definitely not a flowering plant. I didn't dig it. Notice that the young leaves doesn't have the fern shoot curls? Shown the picture to a fern collector friend of mine, he said it might be a selaginella sp. & it might also be a matured plant. First time I've seen it and I'm an avid hiker.
There are some very nice jewels too found on the island where I live.

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plantmanager
Nov 27, 2016 11:41 PM CST
Gorgeous plants, AllanLim! It must be a fascinating area to hike in for a plant lover.
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Leftwood
Nov 27, 2016 11:54 PM CST
The plants in the background in the first two pics and in the last pic look like Selaginella spp. The subject plants in the first two pics do look like ferns. They do not have the growth pattern of Selaginella, which continue to grow at the stem tips. None of those fronds look young to me, and the smaller fronds are older than the largest one in both pics.
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bonitin
Nov 28, 2016 12:41 AM CST
Very interesting fern!
I think this great site run by fern specialists could be very helpful in your search Allan.:
http://www.fernsoftheworld.com...
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Silversurfer
Nov 28, 2016 3:56 AM CST


1 and 2. Not convinced that it is a fern.

3. Maybe a Jewel orchid.

Anoectochilus brevilabris?????

http://imperialexotics.com/med...

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Leftwood
Nov 28, 2016 3:13 PM CST
Silversurfer said:1 and 2. Not convinced that it is a fern.


Actually, I am not totally convinced, either, but I don't know Philippine plants. It is the leaf vein pattern that make me unsure.

Your statement begs for an explanation. Is there a reason for your secrecy?
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sooby
Nov 28, 2016 3:48 PM CST
Maybe a Lindsaea species of fern or something close?

https://www.google.ca/search?q...

Edited to add this pic nearer to the ID plant geographically than the above:
https://www.google.ca/search?q...


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Leftwood
Nov 28, 2016 6:55 PM CST
Thanks, Sooby. I think I'm convinced now. Thumbs up
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 28, 2016 8:04 PM CST
Maybe Lindsaea napaea. It occurs in Malaysia. See:
http://www.chm.frim.gov.my/Gal...
It's the last photo in the second row

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 28, 2016 8:26 PM CST
I think you guys might have it! Smiling
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AllanLim
Nov 30, 2016 6:45 PM CST
You guys nailed it. Thanks a lot guys. Not much information on the web about this lindsaea napaea spp.
Our jungle is definitely full of biodiversity and a nature lover's paradise, especially in Penang where the jungle is only 15minutes away from town.

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