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Lace fern (Leptolepia novae-zealandiae)

Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Euphyllophytin
Phylum: Tracheophyta 
Subphylum: Euphyllophytina
Infraphylum: Moniliformopses
Class: Filicopsida 
Order: Filicales 
Family: Dennstaedtiaceae
Genus: Leptolepia
Botanical name: Leptolepia novae-zealandiae 
Common name: Lace fern

Leptolepia novae-zealandiae  is a elegant  deep green fern with finely cut fronds of a lace type texture. The fronds are widely spaced and its stipes are redish brown.   It grows to a  height of  0.75m; with a spread of 1.5m.



The under side of frond showing the sori