FNQ Nature Tours

Here we are learning about Basket Ferns :)

07 May 2018

They are epiphytes and perform best when just below leafy branches. The fallen leaves from above become compost and nest in the basket shaped structure of the fern. Because of their 'basket like' structure, these ferns capture and absorb lots of water also, which can occasionally become their demise

Each Basket Fern contains a whole ecosystem of insects and earthworms that aerate the compost.

The largest Basket Fern ever recorded weighed close to 2000kg!
Group photo by Inés Valenzuela
Fern by nature guide Justin's Fnq