Graceful Ferns in natural Environment

Epiphytic Ferns

In my travels, there is this plant that fascinates me more than any other things I encountered. The love for it is so much that made me decided to know it even better.

And that fancy gave birth to this page. I felt that we were so lucky to be in a tropical country and able to encounter the few unique species that are found here. But do not expect much from my pictures. Most plants must be over 200 feet away from the camera.

Still I am glad that you could see. I will try to update and replace them with better pictures soon as I could get more in my future trips into the jungles.


The fern is now getting increasing popular and can be seen as ornamental plants in most places.

To create that "exotic" and "jungle" ambience, this plants was posted at low height, just over head. Visitors will not miss seeing it. We had a best shot with clear image.

This is a very odd fern that thrives in the older part of a habited area. The host tree will be seen by the roadside or villager's house.

The example, right, this plant was growing on the lowest branch of a durian tree beside a village house.


On the other extreme, this fern is seldom seen in forested area. If they are it will be on the upper branches of the tallest tree within a primitive forest!

It had not been easy to make clear pictures of these plants. They are green in color against a background of the jungle foliages in similar hue.

See them with your own eyes, they are simply majestic

This colony on the right is over 5 meters in diameters. there must be at least 10 adults plants.

This is the special characteristic and uniqueness of habitats the plant chooses.


Some clues as to their availability
P.coronarium- old trees in lowlands or the highest tree in ancient forest- Siam, Isthmus and Malay Peninsula.
P. ridleyi - trees beside river, sometimes on low branches, but never in open country - Malay Peninsula south & east , Borneo
P. wallichii - near the sea and open area -Langkawai and Kedah


More pictures of the "Ferns" growing in the wild.


It was interesting to note that 3 of the examples here were pictures of plants taken during the drier seasons. They did have long fronds but the nest fronds were struggling to stay active. Signs of insufficient water retention.




The Staghorn Ferns - growing in the wild in Malaysia

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