A fern that will grow on rocks and trees, the Rock Felt Fern is Pyrrosia rupestris. This is a climbing fern from the rainforest areas of eastern Australia.
This is naturally an epiphytic or lithophyte, its preferred habitat is on euacalyptus trees and those with rough bark are most suitable.
Two leaf forms appear on the one plant, the lower leaves are long and narrow and carry the spores, the upper leaves are rounded in shape.
This is plant that prefers a course barked tree as this allows the root system to more easily attach itself.
Best in a moist environment, Pyrrosia rupestris will cope with dry periods, it tends to drop its foliage and then recover when adequate moisture is available.
Excellent for use in gardens to create a natural forest look. It can be used to cover walls as long as suitable material is available for the roots to attached to.
It will grow over fallen logs, creating ban interesting feature. Also suited to growing on rocks or retaining walls in a shaded area moist area.
A position in part shade with some moisture is essential. Best grown away from any direct sun.
- Try planting on the shaded side of a tree or rock with the root system close to the ground.
- A spray of water during dry periods will work wonders.
- Botanical Name – Pyrrosia rupestris
- Common Name – Rock Felt Fern
- Family – Polypodiaceae
- Origins – Australia – East Coast rainforest.
- Height – Climbing to around 5 metres
- Spread – Climbing to 5metre
- Growth rate – Medium.
- Position – Part shade to dappled light.
- Soil – Epiphytic or lithophyte
- Flowering Time – N/A
- Foliage – Mid green.
- Frost tolerant – Yes.
- Drought tolerant – No, however will recover from dry periods.
Other species include : Pyrrosia confluens, the Horseshoe Felt Fern
Pyrrosia rupestris is available for sale from the following participating nurseries
1052 Whittlesea-Kinglake Road Kinglake West 3757
Offering a specialist variety of Australian native Ferns plus Dendrobium/Dockrillia & Sarcochilus species & hybrids in pots, loose, or mounted. Species Cymbidium sauve and maddidum.