Ferns and Fern
Allies in the Canberra Region
Asplenium flabellifolium - Necklace Fern
||Asplenium flabellifolium is a very widespread fern in the Canberra
region, from the dry bushland to the moist mountain slopes. It prefers rocky crevices
but in the moister areas it scrambles down the hillsides. It is a pretty little
fern and grows easily in gardens in sheltered areas. The fronds in our region
grow to 20cm (8") but in other places reach over 35cm. Some fertile fronds
grow proliferous tips.
|The image on the right shows the characteristic spore patterns of Necklace
Fern, including the delicate indusium surrounding the sporangia. The stipe on
this large specimen is a dark glossy brown, but on smaller specimens it is usually
green. The individual pinnae on this plant were about 2cm (0.8") in width,
so this image is somewhat larger than life size.