Asplenium surrogatum P.S.Green APNI*
Synonyms: Asplenium pteridoides Baker APNI*
Description: Terrestrial or epiphytic fern. Caudex short, distinct; scales narrow, to 3 cm long, clathrate, hair-tipped.
Fronds pinnate-bipinnatifid; stipe 15–30 cm long, with occasional long, narrow scales and dense brown, appressed 'scurfy' scales 0.5–2 mm long, easily rubbed off; lamina 30–55 cm long, 15–30 cm broad, with very small, scattered, irregularly-shaped scales beneath; pinnae long-acute, the longest 6–16 cm long, 1–2 cm broad, deeply and regularly divided, apices of lobes 3–4 mm apart; segments narrow, 2–3 mm wide with 2 or 3 apical teeth.
Sori oblong-linear to elongate oblong-lanceolate, 3–7 mm long, on upper edges of segments only.
Distribution and occurrence: Endemic.
Occurs in forest at high altitudes, rare at lower elevations.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
Text by E.A. Brown
Taxon concept: Flora of Australia 49
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