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NZ Plants


Symphyogyna hymenophyllum

Family Pallaviciniaceae

Symphyogyna hymenophyllum consits of an erect reddish-brown stalk, 1-2 cm in length that terminates in a thallus that is divided into several segments with toothed margins to form a miniature, fern-like frond about 1 cm long by 2 cm wide. The dorsal surface of male plants has rows of scales along the midribs, each covering a sperm-containing antheridium. The dorsal surface of female plants has one or more scales at the fork of a midrib, each covering a group of egg-containing archegonia. 

Widespread throughout New Zealand in damp forest.