Rumohra adiantiformis (G. Forst.) Ching

Leathery Shield-fern

Rhizomes with dense covering of brown scales. Frond divided 2-3 times, to about 50 cm long, leathery, shiny above, dull and slightly scaly below. Stalks to about 30 cm long, scaly. Blade ovate in outline, first and second divisions of blade stalked; groove of main axis with a prominent central ridge. Segments with bases continuing down the branch midrib (decurrent). Sori large, black when mature. Indusia with dark centre where stalk attached. Can grow in cool areas.

Recognition: Rhizome long-creeping; broadly triangular almost plastic-like fronds; indusia large, round, dark-centred.

E Australia, New Zealand, S Africa, C & S America.

Created by: Val Stajsic

Updated by: Val Stajsic, May 2018

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