And now..... a walk through ancient earth!
Psilotum nudum, Whisk Fern (fern ally). One of the most primitive vascular plants, and barely a step up from bryophytes. Lacks roots, makes neat spore cases.
When the greenhouse gets dirty, we turn him upside down and use him as a broom.
Rabbit's foot fern, Davallia feejeensis
The most giant fern ever, so giant in fact that's it's known as THE Giant Fern, Angiopteris evecta
My favorite cycad, Encephalartos horridus. One of the first tasks I was asked to do at this job was to prune him. It hurt. A lot.
Gnetum gnemon, believe it or not a gymnosperm! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnetum
Cycad rearing area, where babies grow up to become..... slightly larger slow-growing babies!
Ceratozamia female cone scale.
female Ceratozamia cone. I think the hexagon thing looks beautiful.
Zamia furfuracea (ignore the mealybugs)
Probably an Asplenium, but as of now a NOID. Chime in if you know!
Microsorum musifolium, Crocodile Fern
Under the fronds is a site for sor-i....... sorry. Plant nerd humor.
Lygodium japonicum, the only genus of vining ferns, coming out.
Caterpillar fern, Polypodium formosanum
Selaginella uncinata mat
This moss is all actually in a research area where we're growing trees for biofuel and cell wall research. The individual trees have been around so long that I've been able to cultivate this epically sexy green crust. The moss is so spectacular in this room that now the biology labs come in to learn about bryophytes there.
Everybody's got moss! Up close, they look like miniature golf courses. Not to mention killer bonsais!
Phlebodium NOID, perhaps a cultivar of aureum? We have aureum and it's 3x the size of this little guy.
Love how blue he is
NEED ID ON THIS. I have a gut feeling it's another species than bifurcatum.