Oleandraceae (formerly Davalliaceae)
Polypodium filipes T.Moore; Polypodium tenellum G.Forst.
Three Kings, North Island, South Island. Also found in Australia, Norfolk Island, New Caledonia.
Our stock is sourced from the Matuku Reserve in the Waitakere Ranges.
A rhizomatous fern, sparingly branched up to one metre or more long and 2 - 3 mm wide, densely clad brown subulate - attenuate paleae, stipites distant. Stipes 2 - 6 cm long, pale brown, more or less clad especially towards the base. Rachis usually with scattered paleae. Lamina 10 - 60 x 5 - 15 cm, membranace to sub coriac, dark green. Pinnae 3 - 8 x 5 - 10 mm. Sori of acrostichal forks in a single row on each side of costa near margins, 1 1.5 mm wide up to 40 pinna. Indusium absent or vestigial.
Plant in moist sheltered area in deep shade or dappled light. Can be grown as a ground cover or planted at the base of rocks or trees to grow as a slow climber. Slow-growing but very attractive, looks like a miniature Blechnum. Appreciates organic compost or mulch.