Family: Aneuraceae

The name comes from the word "aneura" which means without a nerve as it is thought by some botanists that the thallus (leafy part) of these plants is without a nerve. But other botanists say that because the thallus in these plants is more than one cell thick, the whole leaf is made up of a nerve!

In this family, the thallus seems to have an irregular branching pattern.

Aneura orbiculata

Found on rocks and rotten logs in wet areas of the bush - near streams and waterfalls.

Aneura prehensilis

The best one I have ever seen of this was beside a waterfall where it was continually bathed in spray. It covered a large area, and its growth was very luxuriant.


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