Asplenium oblongifolium Colenso

Shining Spleenwort

Rhizomes thick and woody, creeping above the soil. Stalks and main axis brown, becoming green above; scales long, hair-like. Blade ovate to elliptic in outline, to about 1 m long, 40 cm wide, once divided. Segments narrowly ovate, tapering to a point at the tips, margins minutely toothed, glossy above. Sori to 3 cm long, inside the margin.

Will tolerate cool conditions.

Frequently known by the former name A. lucidum.


Differs from A. obtusatum in being more glossy and of a thinner texture and segments that taper gradually to a long point; the scales are hair-like and curly.


Asplenium milnei Carrière, Shining Spleenwort, from Lord Howe Island is occasionally cultivated; it is a generally smaller, glossy, dark green plant with more pronounced toothing on the segments.

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Aspleniaceae. 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      Aspleniaceae
genus       Asplenium L.