Common name: Bird's Nest Fern
Asplenium australasicum (J.Sm.) Hook. APNI*
Description: Rhizome erect, stout bearing even rosettes of radiating fronds; scales brown, ciliate.
Fronds 60–80 cm long, 3–21 cm wide; lamina yellow-green, apex obtuse or acute; midrib strongly keeled below, glabrous; veins free, intramarginal vein present.
Sori very numerous, 1 mm wide, often 40–60 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in rainforest where it is commonly found both on rocks and as a large epiphyte in trees.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, CWS, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: P.J. Brownsey (1998)
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