A personal highlight for me during field work in Papua New Guinea this year was finding Tomophyllum beleense (Fig. A). These plants have thin membranaceous laminae covered in long hairs. They are confined to relatively dry, protected areas, usually beneath limbs or trunks of large trees. They show remarkable similarity to the Neotropical genus Alansmia (Fig. B), which has similar morphology and is found in the same habitat niche.
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In February 2013 I had the great fortune to participate in a Bishop Museum expedition to the Sibium Mountains in Papua New Guinea. Participants included Allen Allison and Shelley James from Bishop Museum, Si He from Missouri Botanical Garden, and Dubi Damas from Lae Herbarium. The Sibium Mountains are in a remote region of the Northern Province accessible only by small plane. I spent three weeks in our camp where I made about 200 general collections of ferns. About half of these were grammitids.