Arachnoides aristata (G.Forst.) Tindale

Prickly Shield Fern

Rhizome spreading underground, covered with dark, spreading scales, especially at the base. Fronds to 70 cm or so long, divided 3 times; blade broadly triangular in outline, leathery, prickly and glossy, dark green; midrib scaly. Stalks about half the length of  the blade, covered with brown scales. Ultimate segments with short stalks and sharply toothed margins. Can grow in cool areas.

Recognition:  Long-creeeping rhizome; ultimate segments bristly pointed.

'Variegata' Segments banded whitish green. Origin unknown.

Australia & Pacific Is to Asia.

Created by: Val Stajsic

Updated by: Val Stajsic, May 2018

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Polypodiopsida
order     Polypodiales
family      Dryopteridaceae
genus       Arachnoides