Davallia mariesii Moore ex Baker

Rhizome about 3 mm thick; scales spreading, whitish brown with the margin and tip pale and the centre brown. Fronds more or less ovate in outline, divided up to 4 times. Blade deciduous, mostly less than 20 cm long. Ultimate segments mostly with a single tooth, veins not reaching the margin. Indusia mostly single on ultimate segments. Generally grown as var. stenolepis Hayata.

Can grow in cool areas.

Taiwan, Ryukyu, Korea, China.

Rhizome about 3 mm wide with pale brown scales; frond blades deciduous, mostly less than 20 cm long; upper stalk scales mostly ovate, long-pointed.


D. bullata is said to differ from this species in having a broader rhizome with scales that are pale edged from base to tip, not darkened towards the tip. However, these two species are doubtfully distinct and are here considered together.

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.