Tunbridge Filmy Fern (Hymenophyllum tunbrigense)

This rare fern I was photographing on Saturday. They are very small (only about 5cm long) look more like a liverwort and are only found in one small area of woodland amongst boulders in the whole of the east of Northern Ireland. There are a couple of sites in County Fermanagh in the south west. I have been tracking this colony down for many months and literally stumbled upon it last week when I was just about to give up - there's a lot of woodland and a lot of large boulders to check! I reckon they are beautiful little plants and worth the search.


The leaves are translusent being only one cell thick.


Unfortunately my Sigma macro lens got damaged yesterday :-( so busy getting it packed up for repair - bad timing!

  • Conall PRO 3y

    sounds and looks so interesting. There is so much nature out there!
  • raptorsareme2 PRO 3y

    interesting - never heard of it before - thanks for the education
  • Teresa PRO 3y

    Wow, what a find......love ferns and this one is stunning......really enjoyed reading the information too, thank you for sharing your knowledge!
  • Renzo Cermenati 3y

    LIndo follaje de colores vivos.
  • Jacqui PRO 3y

    Stunning macro for something so small, excellent details on this fascinating fern!!!
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  • Profiles of Nature PRO 3y

    Very cool macro!
  • Garry Prescott PRO 3y

    Worth all the hard work finding them, very lovely shots.
  • Christine_ Douglas PRO 3y

    Interesting shots Geoff.
  • Sandra Standbridge. PRO 3y

    So unusual. Excellent shots. A bugger about the lens. I hope you get it back soon.
  • Vab2009 PRO 3y

    It is very pretty - marvellous to find. (Sorry about the lens :-()
  • colin hunter PRO 3y

    nice image
  • Molly PRO 3y

    Beautiful images!
    Please post this natural creation in:

    Fantastic Nature invite

    --------- ♣ Fantastic Nature ♣ ---------

    Kindly tag: "Fantastic Nature"
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  • MICK232 3y

    Lovely set of shot
  • Fenwalker1 PRO 3y

    What a great find for you and some lovely shots too! A treat to find something rare :-)
  • Bill Gawler 3y

    That's nice Geoff. Never seen that fern before it's beautiful
  • Astral Will PRO 3y

    Pretty cool! Love the detail in them!
  • Plymmer 3y

    Nice set, different but nice!
  • Don Delaney PRO 3y

    Lovely colour and texture!
  • Brad Christensen PRO 3y

    Cool shot
  • John Coveney PRO 3y

    great find and shots
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