Schizaea Pectinata

October 30, 2019

Commonly known as the Toothbrush Fern, is a delightful low growing, unusual looking fern which can be found growing on Gondwana Game Reserve amongst our fynbos vegetation. It favours nutrient-poor, acidic soil. Its vivid spring green colour and brush-like shape is definitive and easy to recognise while walking through the veld at this time of year.

Instead of flowers, ferns produce spores held in sporangia. In Schizaea Pectinata, these are held along each side of the upright segments. The spores are released as the frond matures. The comb-like structure is present throughout the year. New growth, is a fresh vibrant green which becomes hard and brown as the frond ages.