Vandenboschia speciosa syn. Trichomanes speciosum. Kilarney fern.

Life-form & Growth Form:

Occurs in gametophyte and sporophyte forms. Rhizomatous.

Spore producing period: 

May to August.

Habitats: 

Deep recesses behind cascades, caves, steep rock faces in ravines. Block scree, open mountain cliffs. Occasionally soil or peat covered banks and tree trunks. Acidic to mild basic substrates.  Occupies a wider range of habitats in Ireland compared to elsewhere in EU, sensitive to frost.

Threats:

Fragmented populations and small number of sporophyte forms. Trampling from livestock.

Static distribution map:
Vandenboschia speciosa syn. Trichomanes speciosum
Vandenboschia speciosa syn. Trichomanes speciosum
For an interactive map follow this link to the BSBI webpage