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Araiostegia parvipinnata

24th May 2016

I have been developing an interest in some of the stranger ferns and every now and then I am shown something quite wondeerful. The genus Araiostegia contains some very noteworthy species producing lacy fronds from hairy, creeping rhizomes.
This one was collected by Crug Farm Plants in 1993 growing epiphytically on an old log in a moist gulley on the slopes of Hohuanshan, Taiwan.
It has been quite vigorous here, filling a large tub in a couple of years and getting better with every frond.
The name doesn't seem to have been published and it may be a mis-print of A. parvipinnula in which case it is a synonym of A. perdurans, which I also grow and can't tell the two apart!