Goniophlebium (angled vein, in reference to the arrangement of the veins) is a genus of 17 species, classified until relatively recently as Polypodium from which they are separated based on several characteristics including their venation pattern. In nature they are found in the Pacific Islands and Asia.
Goniophlebium persicifolium is similar to G. subauricula-tum in form and garden value. Both plants are widely distributed as natives in the tropical world.
Goniophlebium subauriculatum, described as "one of the best basket ferns available" (Jones 1987), is a stunning plant with pendant, simply pinnate fronds nearly 6 ft. (1.8 m) long, hanging almost straight down. In the wild it drapes cliffs in shade, while in the garden it will form comforting drapery on a stone wall. It is an easy garden plant, a clump-former capable of staying for many years just where it is put. (Description by George Schenk.) 'Knightiae', an especially ornamental form mentioned in Jones (1987), has deeply incised pinnae.
Equisetum sylvaticum stands as a sentinel in the Jessen garden.
Goniophlebium subauriculatum growing on top of a wall, in nearly full sun, keeps its rich green color. Photo by George Schenk.
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