Common name: Common Spleenwort
Asplenium trichomanes L. APNI*
Synonyms: Asplenium trichomanes subsp. quadrivalens D.Meyer emend. Lovis APNI*
Description: Rhizome stout, erect, bearing short, dark brown, lanceolate scales.
Fronds ± erect, 1-pinnate with terminal segment or pinna, 5–20 cm long; stipe and rachis dark red-brown, old bases persisting on rhizome; pinnae not membranous, usually 0.5–1 cm long, lanceolate to oblong, dark green; veins free.
Sori superficial, 3–6 pairs per pinna, to 3 mm long; indusium membranous.
Distribution and occurrence: A terrestrial fern found growing at higher altitudes, usually on limestone; more common in southern regions.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT, CT, ST, CWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: P.J. Brownsey (1998)
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