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Common name: necklace fern
Asplenium flabellifolium Cav. APNI*
Description: Rhizome short, erect, with dark brown lanceolate scales.
Fronds procumbent, 1-pinnate, mostly 10–20 cm long, rachis often extending beyond the uppermost pinnae and rooting close to the apex; stipe pale except at the very base; pinnae 5–20 pairs, membranous, 0.5–2 cm long, shape variable, fan-shaped to lanceolate, pale green; veins free.
Sori superficial, 2–5 mm long, few to several on some pinnae; indusium membranous.
Distribution and occurrence: Trailing terrestrial species, chiefly found in rock crevices, sometimes epiphytic, in rainforest or open forest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: P.J. Brownsey (1998)
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