Common name: sickle spleenwort, mare's tail fern
Asplenium polyodon G.Forst. APNI*
Synonyms: Asplenium falcatum Lam. APNI*
Description: Rhizome medium-creeping, thick, densely covered with brown scales.
Fronds almost erect or pendent, 1-pinnate, 30–100 cm long; pinnae variable in size, from 3–5 cm long in small fronds, to 15 cm long in larger ones, apex long-acuminate, margins toothed; lamina thin but not translucent, never giving rise to proliferous buds; veins free.
Sori superficial, 7–11 mm long, indusium membranous.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in rainforest, epiphytic or growing on rocks.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: P.J. Brownsey (1998)
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