Plagiochilaceae
Family: Plagiochilaceae

This family is made up largely of the genus Plagiochila, of which there are about 25 species. They are spread throughout the country, occupying the surfaces of tree trunks, the forest floor, and rocks, especially near water.

Most of the Plagiochilas have stems which are tough, and none of them have underleaves. The leaf edges are toothed, and the appearance of the teeth are an important feature in identifying the different species.


Plagiochila banksiana

This species has a soft feel to it, and the leaves are floppy, which makes it easier to tell from the other Plagiochilas.


Plagiochila deltoida

The yellow-brown colour is typical of this one, as is that deltoid branching pattern of the stem.


Plagiochila fasciculata

This one seems to only be found growing on tree trunks. It is normally this yellow-brown colour.


Plagiochila gigantea

This species likes to live near streams, where there is shade and high humidity. It can grow up to 10 -12 cm high, and this yellowish brown colour is its normal colour.


Plagiochila obscura

An epiphytic species, fairly common in damp areas of the forest.


Plagiochila stephensoniana

This species is the largest of the Plagiochilas, and can grow 20 - 25 cm tall.

This specimen was photographed on rocks at a stream crossing, where it was very shaded and obviously very wet.


Plagiochila strombolifolia

This species is also epiphytic, but is sometimes found also on logs, rocks and even the forest floor.


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