Drynaria quercifolia (L.) J. Sm., J. Bot. (Hooker) 3: 398 398 1841. (Syn: Phymatodes quercifolia (L.) C.PreslAglaomorpha quercifolia (L.) Hovenkamp & S.Linds.Drynaria quercifolia var. normalis DominPolypodium quercifolium L. ; Phymatodes brancifolia (C.Presl) C.PreslPhymatodes morbillosa C.PreslPhymatodes sylvatica (Schkuhr) C.PreslDrynaria brancifolia (C.Presl) T.MooreDrynaria morbillosa (C.Presl) T.MooreDrynariopsis morbillosa (C.Presl) Copel.Polypodium brancifolium C.PreslPolypodium conjugatum Poir.Polypodium morbillosum C.PreslPolypodium quercifolium var. normale F.M.BaileyPolypodium quercioides Desv.Polypodium schkuhrii BoryPolypodium siifolium Goldm.Polypodium sylvaticum Schkuhr );
Hainan to Tropical Asia and N. Australia: Andaman Is., Assam, Bangladesh, Borneo, Cambodia, East Himalaya, Hainan, India, Jawa, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Malaya, Maluku, Myanmar, Nepal, New Guinea, Nicobar Is., Northern Territory, Philippines, Queensland, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Thailand, Vietnam, Western Australia as per POWO;
oak-leaf fern, Oak Leaf Basket Fern; Bashing ‘बाशिंग’ or ‘Ashwakatri’ ‘अश्‍वकत्री’ in Marathi


Ornamental Fern for ID : Mumbai : 221011 : AK-2:
An ornamental potted plant, cultivated at Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai.
Picture taken on the 15th of August,11.
Fern leaves more than a feet long.

Looks like some species of Drynaria to me.
It is found in wild in the Himalaya.


It is the common low-altitude species of N.E. to S. India, Drynaria quercifolia. I wish could grow it as splendidly as this fine specimen – but our Winters kill it!

Yes I do agree. Here you can just see some of the backing leaves (what are they called, trophophylls, basiphylls or something) down the left hand side of the bowl, but it’s a bit hard to see. For Drynaria it would also help to see the rhizome.

I found one more picture of the ornamental fern.
Would this help?
Terms like the fertile frond, etc go above my head as I am not a botanist.

Yes, that certainly helps – very informative picture of the basiphyll, showing the very thick rhizome and scales typical of Drynaria quercifolia (Polypodiaceae).
Drynaria is rather a curious genus in having two types of leaves – the unstalked and less divided basal ones and the stalked, taller ones with nearly separate side-pinnae – and which may often become fertile (develop spores), unlike the basal ones.


Plant for ID : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2).
This leaf was growing out of the trunk of a tamarind tree.
The base of the leaf seemed to come out of what looked like wet moss. Identify please.
Bangalore, 25th March 2014

This may be Drynaria quercifolia, an epiphytic fern.

yes it is Drynaria quercifolia 

Yes, Drynaria quercifolia. The “wet moss” is the scales covering the thick rhizome.

Fern ID from Bangladesh SM125 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).

Habit: Herb
Habitat: Epiphyte
Location: Dhaka City

plant with upright leaves and dry leaves at the base looks like Drynaria quercifolia ​and …

Yes, Drynaria quercifolia and ...


It is my pleasure to share few images of Drynaria quercifolia (Polypodiaceae 

Habit: Herb 

Habitat: Wild, epiphytic, Semi-evergreen forest fringe 

Sighting: Chikmagalur, Karnataka, 1200 msl 

Date: 05-06-2014 and 12-04-2016

Very good documentation …!!

very nice\is the host tyree old and dying? what is the type of tree?

Thanks … The tree was very much alive. I have seen this growing on a number of trees of different species. Even on roof-tops over here.

Yep!  It’s beautiful right now, absolutely covering the trees in Assam.


Epiphyte for ID, Sikkim, NAW-JUL16-08 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Kindly identify this epiphyte photographed in South Sikkim in May 2015.

Drynaria quercifolia (Polypodiaceae).



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