Ribbon Fern: Ophioglossum pendulum
- Fleshy white creeping plant with sausage-like ribbed divided leaves up to 15cm long..
- Its fronds are strap-like, fleshy, brittle, bright green and usually twisted. They can be up to two centimetres wide and ninety centimetres long.
- Sterile fronds hang downwards.
- This fern usually grows out of Platycerium species, such as the Elkhorn and Staghorn Fern, but, it also grows in rainforest litter collected in trunk hollow and branches.
- The Ribbon Fern is intolerant of dryness and is confined to the rainforest.
- Its distribution is in Queensland, New South Wales as far south as the Hunter River, from the coast to the ranges and tablelands.
- It can be cultivated in baskets of Platycerium peat where it forms attractive large clumps.
- It is a member of the Ophioglossaceae family, and its genus contains about 30 species, 4 found in Australia. The terrestrial species are widespread but the epiphytes are confined to the Tropics.
- Ribbon Ferns resent disturbance, but can be grown in glasshouses or in humid situations.
- Others in the family include the Adders Tongue and the Large Adders Tongue.