Rumohra adiantiformis

Leathery Shield-fern

Erect or drooping epiphytic fern on creeping branched stems (rhizomes). Fronds leathery, glossy, spaced along rhizome

Additional information

  • FamilyDryopteridaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Sizefronds 25-100 cm long
  • Plant groupingEpiphytes
  • LeavesTriangular dark green fronds, 2-3 divided, to 30 cm wide. Oblong segments, major segments stalked, distant; smaller run into midrib; margins bluntly toothed or lobed. Midrib grooved, distinct side ridges. Long deeply grooved scaly brown stems.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Round spore cases in 2 rows between margins and midveins. Spores black. Light brown circular membrane with dark centre, covering attached in the centre.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsCommonly growing on Dicksonia antarctica, sometimes on rocks and logs, in moist humid wet forests and rainforests. Dappled to full shade.
  • Garden useGrow in pots or hanging baskets, or in moist sheltered positions in a fernery.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: 1 Peter Kinchington ©; 2, 3 Marilyn Bull ©

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