Doodia aspera —Prickly Rasp Fern—BLECHNACEAE

Doodia aspera

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Habitat—In and on the margins of rainforest, common in Littoral Rainforest. Also in drier parts of eucalypt forests, heaths. A xery common fern.

Distribution—North from Tasmania into Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and North Queensland. Also in New Zealand, Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island.

Description— Terrestrial fern with black wiry roots and stolons. Rhizome short-creeping, black.

Local occurrences

Barrington Tops National Park, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Brimbin Nature Reserve, Bulahdelah State Forest, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cattai Wetlands, Cellito, Choricarpia leptopetala Dry Rainforest, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island Nature Reserve, Coorabakh National Park, Copeland Tops State Conservation Area, Crowdy Bay National Park, Crowdy Bay National Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Drypetes deplanchei/Sarcomelicope simplicifolia/Elaeodendron australe/Podocarpus elatus Littoral Rainforest, Elizabeth Beach, Eucalyptus microcorys Wet Sclerophyll Forest, Eucalyptus pilularis Wet Sclerophyll Forest, Ficus spp/Streblus brunonianus/Dendrocnide spp/Cassine australis Dry Rainforest, Foredune Complex, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Goldens Road Wetlands, Harrington, Headland Complex, Karloo Street Reserve, Khappinghat Nature Reserve, Kiwarrak State Forest, Kiwarrak State Forest And Talawahl State Conservation Area, Lansdowne Nature Reserve, Lophostemon confertus Wet Sclerophyll Forest, Myall Lakes National Park, Old Bar Beach Littoral Rainforest, Old Bar Park Mud Bishops Point, Old Bar Park Sclerophyll Forest, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Saltwater National Park, Sea Acres National Park, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Stephen Street Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, Tapin Tops National Park, The Booti Booti Complex, The Cape Hawke Complex, The Charlotte Head Complex, The Sanctuary, Tonie's Gully, Tuncurry Flora Park, Wallamba River Area, Wallingat National Park, Wingham Brush Nature Reserve and Zamia Place Reserve.

Fronds.— Becoming erect to produce a clump of fronds. Laminae 15 to 35 cm in length, 4 to 10 cm in width, are divided once, ovate–shaped and monomorphic. Older laminae are green but new growth is bright pink. Pinnae are broadly attached at the base.

Sori.—Elongated to 1 mm in one or two rows parallel to the midrib. They often tend to look confluent with age. An oblong indusium opening towards the midrib covers each sorus.

Doodia aspera