Hymenophytaceae

There are only two species of this family in New Zealand, each with its own genus.


Hymenophyton flabellatum

This one is quite distinctive with its fan-shaped leaf frond.

It is found in quite damp places.


Podomitrium phyllanthus

Podomitrium grows on the trunks of tree ferns.

It could be mistaken at first glance for a small filmy fern. Its leaf can be either a simple strap shape, or with one branch in it.

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