Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hawaii - Nephrolepis

If I had to guess, I would say that the most common fern on Hawaii in terms of sheer biomass is Nephrolepis. There are several species in this genus on the Big island, and it is everywhere! Along roadsides, on lava, almost everywhere you look. It is truly ubiquitous. It's a lovely fern, with bright green fronds and very erect stature. The popular houseplant Boston Fern is also a member of this genus, and you can probably see the resemblance:
Here are some Nephrolepis growing in a tree mold in a lava field at Kilauea:
And immature (top) and mature (bottom) sori:

1 comment:

sabahat said...

passion for plants is a social work. I also love flowers and plants and that is why use to work for different entities working for flowers to japan
and other countries. But i have not such imagination and crativity in my life. Ay one who like to Stick together with the teams of plants and flower to japan
and want to keep world green and clean