Davallia denticulata (Burm.f.) Mett.

Rhizome to 1.5 cm thick; scales spreading, red-brown, mostly with a broad base and long hairlike tip. Fronds broadly triangular in outline, divided 3 or occasionally 4 times. Blade mostly to 40 cm long but sometimes much more. Ultimate segments with false and true veins forming striations, the true veins extending to the margin. Indusia one or more on each segment and generally flanked at each side with a tooth.

Needs shelter and warmth.

Qld, New Guinea, Polynesia, Malaysia, India.

Fronds generally divided 3 times; segments with false veins forming numerous striations, true veins reaching the margin; indusia mostly with one tooth on each side.


Davallia divaricata Blume from Asia and Malaysia is occasionally cultivated, it is similar but distinguished by the absence of false veins and the presence of distinctive reddish stalks and branch axes.

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Davalliaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Polypodiopsida
order     Polypodiales
family      Davalliaceae
genus       Davallia Sm.