Diplazium melanochlamys (Hook.) T.Moore APNI*
Description: Rhizome short, fern ±tufted.
Fronds 2- or 3-pinnate; stipe c. 40 cm tall, with narrow, very dark brown scales; scales 1–2 cm long at base; lamina broadly triangular in outline, 60–100 cm long, 40–60 cm broad; larger secondary pinnae 5–8 cm long, with 8–10 serrate pinnules; tripinnate pinnules 5–10 mm long, not narrowed at base, decurrent onto a winged costule, bluntly toothed at margin, blunt to truncate at apex.
Sori elongate, 2–4 mm long, 2–5 per pinnule side, the basal sori often double; indusia very dark brown, almost black, shining.
Distribution and occurrence: Endemic to Lord Howe Island.
An occasional or locally abundant fern in the forest in the southern half of the Island.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
Text by E.A. Brown
Taxon concept: Flora of Australia 49
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