Asplenium flabellifolium in Black Hill, Morialta and Horsnell Gully Conservation Parks

ASPLENIACEAE

Asplenium flabellifolium
Asplenium flabellifolium
ARPA project site
Black Hill CP, 2002

Asplenium
spleenworts

From the Greek aplenon, the name give to a fern considered to be a cure for diseases of the spleen. There are about 650 species internatitonally, with 26 species found in Australia We have only one species listed in our Parks.

Asplenium flabellifolium
The name flabellifolium means with fan-shaped leaves. One can see the tiny leaflets making up the fronds are similar to the shape of a lady's old fashioned hand held fan.

Growing only up to about 20cm tall, each plant has only a few fronds, but colonies can form as the tips of the fronds may form new plants where they touch the ground,.

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