Common name: Mangrove Fern, Leather Fern
Acrostichum speciosum Willd. APNI*
Description: Clump-forming plant with an erect, stout, rhizome covered with large, broad, entire scales.
Fronds ascending, to 2 m long, 1-pinnate; pinnae leathery, entire, 6–10 cm long and 2–4 cm wide, dull green, the apices narrow-acuminate.
Fertile pinnae shorter and narrower than the sterile pinnae.
Distribution and occurrence: A coarse fern that grows in large clumps in brackish swamps often growing amongst mangroves; north from Iluka, rare in N.S.W.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. N.T.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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