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Doodia aspera (BLECHNACEAE) Prickly Rasp Fern

Habit

Doodia aspera
Photo: Robert Whyte

Common ground fern growing to about 20cm tall. Named for Samuel Doody. Aspera means rough.

Masses of pink/red new frond shoots, tolerant of root competition, some direct sun, very hardy.

Propagation: from fresh spores or by clump division.

Foliage


Doodia
Photo: Robert Whyte

Pale green erect fronds are deeply lobed (pinnatifid) and have small curved teeth and thickened margins

Foliage undersides


Doodia
Photo: Robert Whyte

Fertile fronds are similar to the sterile ones except they have 2-4 lines of round sori (spore clumps) on the undersides of the frond.