Diplazium esculentum (Retz.) Sw.

Edible Fern

Rhizome erect, to about 0.5 m tall, eventually forming a short trunk, spreading by underground runners. Fronds to 1.5 m long. Blade more or less triangular in outline, divided 1-2 times, ultimate segments shallowly cut, dark glossy green. Stalk to one third the length of the blade.

New growth said to be edible but not very palatable.

Needs shelter and warmth.

India to Polynesia.

Side branch segments shallowly lobed; at least some of the veins netted.

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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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Polypodiopsida
order     Polypodiales
family      Woodsiaceae
genus       Diplazium Sw. & Schrad.