Common name: Giant Fern
Angiopteris evecta (G.Forst.) Hoffm. APNI*
Description: Arborescent fern with trunk broad and massive, to 80 cm high.
Fronds glossy, to around 5 m long, arching; stipes green and smooth; 2-pinnate, pinnae to 1.2 m long and 40 cm wide; pinnules narrow-oblong to elliptic.
Sori submarginal, made up of oblong groups of 4–6 pairs of sporangia; sporangia ± globose.
Distribution and occurrence: Recorded in subtropical rainforest in the Tweed Valley; very rare in N.S.W.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: N.T. Qld
Threatened species: NSW TSCA: Endangered
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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