Monday, May 19, 2014

Hot on heels on ferny trail (Part 3)

Tree fern (Cyathea latebrosa)
Going deeper into the forest, trying to catch a glimpse of the Tree Fern.  Found one good specimen.  The Tree fern has not grown old or big enough to show a big trunk size.  It is a beautiful sight to see the lace-like patterns of its leaves against the light.  The site was covered with a thick layer of leaves left hundreds of years ago. 

Tree fern (Cyathea latebrosa)
Location: Botanic Island Four
Licuala spinosa - solitary form
 The kind of environment the Tree Fern thrives are many in the park, well-preserved for posterity.  It is also home to the Licuala palms and terrestrial orchids.  On the more sunny areas of the park can be found the climbing ferns.  There are many species of this fern, the common one being the Lygodium flexuosum.
This species of climbing fern can be seen trailing up the oil palm trees, on ground, small trees and shrubbery and thickets of grasses.
Climbing Fern (Lygodium flexuosum)

Climbing Fern (Lygodium flexuosum) - on ground level

Climbing Fern (Lygodium flexuosum) - on oil palm tree

Climbing Fern (Lygodium flexuosum) - on Belian post

Orchids on damp forest floor
I consider myself fortunate in many ways.  To have a forest environment just a few yards where I stay is indeed a dream come true.  There is so much to discover and so much to build upon the present by introducing new ferns species for study and bio-diversity purposes.  Like today I was enthralled to see a green stick insect which I never encountered before.  The surprises I experienced daily at the park makes life worth living.

Stick insect

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