Asplenium decurrens Willd. APNI*
Synonyms: Asplenium obtusatum subsp. northlandicum Brownsey APNI*
Description: Fern with erect, tufted fronds; rhizome stout, erect, short-creeping, bearing shiny, dark brown to black scales to 1.5 cm long.
Fronds 1-pinnate, 15–40 cm long; stipe and rachis pale green, stout, prominently grooved and bearing scales; lamina never giving rise to proliferous buds, narrowly elliptic to elliptic or ovate; pinnae 2–9 cm long, longest pinnae at or below middle, gradually reducing upwards to an enlarged terminal pinna ± same size as lateral ones, thick and almost fleshy, apices acute to obtuse; veins obscure, free.
Sori superficial, 3–7(8) mm long, several on each pinna, not reaching the margins; indusium thick.
Distribution and occurrence: South from Kiama.
Terrestrial fern growing in sheltered sites close to the sea.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by E.A. Brown modified by P.D. Hind
Taxon concept: Flora of Australia 48
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