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Asplenium lamprophyllum

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Aspleniaceae 
Genus: Asplenium (spleenworts) 
Species: A. lamprophyllum 
Binomial name: Asplenium lamprophyllum

Asplenium lamprophyllum is a native fern that forms a carpet over extensive areas by a slow creeping rhizome.
It grows to a height of 0.5m. It naturally grows within light to deep shade in forests of the North Island (Te Paki south to near Wanganui and the northern Hawkes Bay but only common north of Mokau and Gisborne). 
It is mostly found within alluvial forests, always in shaded sites or on the buttresses of swamp trees or in other forested areas on free draining soils, on clay banks or on basalt or limestone rock outcrops and rock strewn ground
It has glossy light green coloured foliage. The epithet 'lamprophyllum' literally translates (from the Greek) as 'shining leaf'.

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Underside of frond showing orange brown sporangia.