Shorter Notes

Pyrrosia piloselloides is a miniature polypod fern with the outsize charm found in most small things that give us no harm or fright. Native to India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, and New Guinea, it inhabits mossy tree bark in old-growth forests, spreading closely upon the moss, standing no taller

The miniature Pyrrosia piloselloides growing on a tree fern shingle hung on a door where it receives nearly day-long shade. Mounted four years previously, the fern colony now fairly covers the mossy 7-in. (18-cm) square shingle. Photo by George Schenk.

New and old fronds of Pyrrosia rasamalae displayed on a shingle mounting. Photo by George Schenk.

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