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Europe's 'Rarest' Fern Discovered By Botanists In Ireland's Remote Upland Valley

Europe's 'Rarest' Fern Discovered By Botanists In Ireland's Remote Upland Valley
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Europe's rarest fern has been recently discovered in Killarney, Ireland but it has left Botonists astonished over how long it had gone undetected. It was Irish-based botanist Dr. Rory Hodd who first spotted the tiny cloud-forest fern in a remote upland valley for the first time in Europe. The neotropical fern, Stenogrammitis myosuroides, was previously found only in the mountainous regions of Jamaica, Cuba and the Dominican Republic but overlooked in Europe for thousands of years.

However, after the discovery, Hodd said, "It's rare to discover a new native plant species in Britain and Ireland - one that we think arrived 'under its own steam', not imported by humans - but it's frankly amazing to discover a genus that's completely new to Europe."

The tiny fern is part of a distinctive group of plants known as Grammitids, which is a rare variety that usually grows on trees in tropical regions.

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