Common name: Fishbone Fern, Herringbone Fern, Sword Fern
Nephrolepis cordifolia (L.) Presl APNI*
Synonyms: Nephrolepis auriculata (L.) Trimen APNI*
Description: Rhizome densely covered with pale brown scales; the stolons slender and wiry, sometimes bearing ± globose tubers.
Fronds erect or pendent, to 75 cm long; stipe usually short, to 15 cm long, scaly; lamina dull green, narrow, 1-pinnate; pinnae to 6 cm long, crowded, articulated to the rachis, often with a row of pale dots on the upper surface near the margin.
Sori halfway between the midvein and the margin; indusium persistent.
Distribution and occurrence: In rainforest or open forest, usually terrestrial; north of the Clarence R. Often cultivated; escaped and established in the Sydney area.
NSW subdivisions: NC, *CC, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld N.T.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: G.H. Bell (1998)
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