Family: Lepidolaenaceae

In this family, there are little sac-like lobules on the leaves, and sometimes they are present on the underleaves as well. Something you need a dissecting microscope to see. The plants in this family are quite amazing when viewed under magnification. The leaves and underleaves are seen as a mass of cilia.

Lepidolaena clavigera

Usually grows on the bark of trees or fallen logs in damp areas.

Lepidolaena hodgsoniae

This species is a pale green colour, making it quite noticeable amongst other "mossy stuff".

Lepidolaena taylorii

This is the most common of this group, but is often overlooked because it is very tiny. Although it likes to grow where there is a lot of dampness, if it is also exposed to the light it will develop a more brownish colour.

This image shows the underside of the plant, showing the underleaves leaves and the sacs which form on the lobules of the main leaves. These sacs also form on the underleaves of branches, but not on the underleaves of the main stems.


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