Tmesipteris elongata

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Tmesipteris elongata
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near Otira, New Zealand
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Class: Polypodiopsida
Order: Psilotales
Family: Psilotaceae
Genus: Tmesipteris
T. elongata
Binomial name
Tmesipteris elongata

Tmesipteris elongata is a fern ally endemic to south eastern Australia and New Zealand. Often seen growing on soft tree ferns in moist valleys. [1]

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  1. Robert Chinnock. "Tmesipteris elongata". Flora of Australia Online. Australian National Botanic Gardens . Retrieved 16 February 2016.