Diplazium australe (R.Br.) N.A.Wakef.

Austral Lady Fern

Rhizome erect, forming a short trunk, scales blackish. Fronds more or less erect, often over 1 m long. Stalks with 3 longitudinal grooves above, thick, fleshy, dark at the base, scaly below. Blade more or less triangular in outline, often over 1 m long, divided 2-3 times, thin, dark green, secondary divisions cut almost to the midvein, ultimate segments with toothed margins. Sori along the veins, to 2 mm long. Indusia thin, inflated, mostly one per vein.

Will tolerate cool conditions.

Qld, NSW, Vic., Tas., Vanuatu, NZ.

Side branch segments cut almost to the midrib; veins free.

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Athyriaceae. 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      Woodsiaceae
genus       Diplazium Sw. & Schrad.