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Numinbah Valley 5: Epiphytes

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Hazel Coetzee on January 7, 2010

This is a lovely verdant photo Ian - is that a birds-nest fern I see or something similar? It seems everything will grow there, which is wonderful.

Thanks for sharing your Numinbah Experience with us, including a frolic with Dinosaurs (well, nearly!)

Warm wishes, Hazel

Ian Stehbens on January 7, 2010

Dear Hazel,

Yes, it is a 'bird's nest fern" - what we locally know as a crow's nest (akin the naval variety as it wraps itself around a tree). And I have often wondered which name came first - for it makes most sense to me to see it as a (naval) crow's nest than as a bird's nest cum crow's nest.

It is a verdant world, although you may have noticed that in a comment to Michael (M and R) I mentioned the absence of ground plants that are in his image of Natural Bridge... and that is the result of recent drought that even affected this wettest part of south Queensland.

And while you are on line can you email me your postal address for I have prepared a photographic something' for you. Please.


Ian Stehbens on January 7, 2010

o, and Hazel, above and beside the Crows Nest Fern are Staghorn Ferns or Staghorns! THey are distinctive because of the staghorn shaped foliage that protrudes and hangs from the front.

All epiphytes, along with mosses, orchids, hare's foot ferns and vines.

It is a forest world I love, for this was all part of 'my environment' of childhood.


bdeh on January 8, 2010

Very beautiful piece of nature Ian. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on January 8, 2010

The epiphytes (plants that grow upon others, not as parasites) reveal a year round moist environment. We are able to grow all these at our home here in Brisbane. They welcome you near our front door, and hang above our rear garden.

Thanks for revisiting the Lamington National Park with me, Berend.


Ian Stehbens on January 10, 2010

If only you could drop in, Mira. Thanks you for your appreciative conversation.

One of my English friends developed an interest in Australia, and wanted to grow a eucalypt, so when he found a snow gum in a local nursery he took it home and lovingly cared for it. Deciding the Yorkshire winter was too cold for it, he took it inside for the winter, and it desiccated!

When you visit Lamington National Park again, do call around to say "Hi".

Yours, Ian

ƤōƝƓ on January 11, 2010

Hi Ian, is it native to Australia? I see it all over Thailand as decorative plants in gardens and public parks.

Ian Stehbens on January 12, 2010

Yes 阿鵬, they are native plants of our rainforests. They are also popular among home gardeners in coastal Queensland. They would grow very well wherever it is warm with a high humidity, though they burn in direct sunlight. I am sure they grow well in Thailand!


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