Common name: ribbon fern
Ophioglossum pendulum L. APNI*
Description: Pendent epiphyte to 2 m long (occasionally grows on rocks); rhizome short-creeping, 1–3 cm long.
Fronds 1–6; sterile lamina to 200 cm long and 10–20 mm wide, sometimes forked towards the apex; lamina grading into the common stalk.
Fertile spike arising from near base of sterile lamina, 5–30 cm long on a short stalk 1–5 cm long.
Distribution and occurrence: In rainforest, often forming large clumps, usually pendent from the nests of Platycerium spp.; north from the Port Macquarie area, also recorded from the Hunter R.
NSW subdivisions: NC, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: P.S. Green (1994)
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