Southern lady fern?

Diplazium australe?

Athyrium australe


This fern is quite a difficult fern to identify. A groove running along the rachi and out along the pinnae are a characteristic used to identify it. As well, it has spores arranged in a loose herringbone fashion, appears tufted, and grows where there is less light. The fronds are quite soft and almost paper thin to touch. In the Mangemangeroa this fern tends to be in more shaded areas and to have a much softer feel to it than the brakes and Deparia species.
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