Nephrolepis hirsutula (G.Forst.) C.Presl

Rough Sword Fern

Rhizome short with many stolons but no tubers. Blade extremely variable in length, to nearly 2 m long, elliptic in outline, narrowing at tip and base, pale green; stalk to 30 cm long, pale brown, brittle. Segments to about 15 cm long, scurfy-scaly on lower surfaces and midrib, slightly sickle-shaped; margin with shallow, irregular, rounded teeth, 'eared' at the base on upper margin. Indusia kidney-shaped.

Needs shelter and warmth

Tropical Asia to the Pacific.

Fronds erect; segments and axes with scurfy scales on lower surface, at least when young.

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.

Hero image
Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Polypodiopsida
order     Polypodiales
family      Lomariopsidaceae
genus       Nephrolepis Schott