A tufting fern to 1 m. Usually found growing along stream banks, on rainforest margins, or in open forest. Very fast growing and suitable for cultivation in moist, shady areas.

Regenerates strongly. Can be encouraged to suppress weeds by covering and area. Cutting back the older stems can encourage growth.

Rhizome short-creeping, covered with dark red-brown scales 8-10 mm long and ca 1 mm wide. Fronds mostly 40-80 cm. Sori circular, indusium hairy.

Photo: Robert Whyte

Ferns growing in a pot

A useful plant, sometimes a bit weedy because of the ease with which it occupies areas if moisture available.

Photo: Robert Whyte