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Killer Vines Strangling the Rainforest

A large staghorn fern

A large staghorn fern (Platycerium superbum) in north Queensland rainforest. The fertile brown “patches” are spores ready to disperse.

By Mason Campbell, Ainhoa Magrach & William Laurance

Woody vines are proliferating in Australia’s fragmented tropical rainforests and threatening the existence of ferns.

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