I saw this plant in a greenhouse when I was buying some flowers the other day. It wasn't for sale, but I was thinking of asking the owner if I could have a section. Hopefully it would sprout from the nodes?
No, this is only an epiphyte. The rhizoids of the fern attach it to the bark, but the plant relies more on what gets caught in the top of the basket formed at the top of the frond to be fed. The upright fronds are sterile, the fertile fronds hang downwards. The dark patch of spores is able to be seen on the underside of the basal fork of the fertile frond.
A younger plant can be seen higher up on the trunk. It hasn't yet formed the fertile fronds. Looking at the Platycerium tag will lead you to another Australian species which lacks the sterile trash basket fronds, and has the sori (spore patches) on the fertile fronds that contribute to the basket for the plant.
I think I interpret what you are saying to be that you liked my photos, and that I am also a botanist. Thank you for the compliment, and yes, I am a botanist (hence the tagging).
btw, Greg, I came to your page looking for onagraceae and rosaceae to compare with a photo of mine.
my penpal Silvia said this one could be an onagraceae but she´s not sure. Vinicius thinks it may be a rubus (rosaceae).
do you have a guess?
that so pretty flowers! and the done photos affluent
Eres botánico and the perfect photos
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Great detail, Greg!
The green is the leaves, each one is bipinnate with the lobes soft (firm) but with hard tips (almost pungent...) This is looking down onto the flowering branch from above the apex. The leaves are individually about 12 to 15cm long (including petiole), alternate, almost helical.
The family is named for Proteus - a shape-shifter.
Four tags added, naturalised, cultivated, Australian Plants and endemics. Thanks for the idea.
I had been using the tags as a way of grouping photos geographically.
Nice set of pics, I love having this plant in my hanging baskets in the summer. The blooms are all the colors of the sunset!
We have a USDA website that does accurately reflect the taxonomy changes, in fact it lists every name that plant has ever been called by. It's almost too much information sometimes....