Common name: Austral Lady Fern
Diplazium australe (R.Br.) N.A.Wakef. APNI*
Synonyms: Athyrium australe (R.Br.) Presl APNI*
Allantodia australis R.Br. APNI*
Description: Rhizome erect, sometimes forming a short trunk, covered with dull black scales.
Fronds almost erect, mostly 0.4–1.2 m long, sometimes to 2 m; stipe stout and fleshy, dark at the base, paler above; secondary rachises not much darker at their junction with the main rachis; lamina 2-pinnate with secondary pinnae lobed almost to midvein; ultimate segments 5–25 mm long, toothed.
Sori 1.5–2 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Tufted or with a small trunk, grows in rainforest in moist sites.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, CT, ST, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: D.L. Jones (1998)
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