Fishbone Fern

Nephrolepis cordifolia

''Nephrolepis cordifolia'', is a fern native to northern Australia and Asia. It has many common names including fishbone fern,tuberous sword fern,tuber ladder fern, erect sword fern, narrow sword fern and ladder fern, and herringbone fern. It is indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands where it is known as ''kupukupu'', ''okupukupu'' or ''ni'ani'au'' It is similar to the related fern ''Nephrolepis exaltata''.
Fishbone fern - Nephrolepis cordifolia  Australia,Fall,Geotagged,Nephrolepis cordifolia

Naming

''Nephrolepis cordifolia'' has become an invasive species is some areas where it has been introduced. In New Zealand it is listed on the National Pest Plant Accord, which prohibits the sale, cultivation and distribution of the plant. It is listed as an invasive species in Florida, United States.

Distribution

It has been introduced into Bermuda, French Polynesia, New Zealand, and the United States.

The species is native in north-eastern Australia, and is considered naturalised on the central east coast of New South Wales.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
Divisionpolypodiophyta
ClassPolypodiopsida
OrderPolypodiales
FamilyNephrolepidaceae
GenusNephrolepis
SpeciesN. cordifolia
Photographed in
Australia