Ophioglossum pendulum—Ribbon Fern—OPHIOGLOSSACEAE.

Ophioglossum pendulum

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Habitat—Grows in rainforest, often forming large clumps, usually pendent from the nests of Platycerium species.

Distribution—;North from Forster, (also recorded from the Hunter River) New South Wales and extending into Queensland. Also on Madagascar to Hawaiian Islands., New Guinea to Japan.

Description—Pendent epiphyte fern to 2 m long (occasionally grows on rocks);rhizome short-creeping, 1 to 3 cm long

Local occurrences

Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Tiona and Zamia Place Reserve.

Fronds.—Fronds 1-6; sterile lamina to 200 cm long and 10-20 mm wide, sometimes forked towards the apex; lamina grading into the common stalk.

Ophioglossum pendulum
Ophioglossum pendulum

Sori.—Fertile spike arising from near base of sterile lamina, 5 to 30 cm long on a short stalk 1 to 5 cm long.