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Tangle Fern (Gleichenia dicarpa)

Kingdom:Plantae
Division:Pteridophyta
Class:Pteridopsida
Order:Gleicheniales
Family:Gleicheniaceae
Genus: Gleichenia
Species:G. dicarpa
Binomial name: Gleichenia dicarpa 
Commin name: Tangle fern, Pouch Coral Fern,  Spider Fern, Swamp Umbrella Fern

Gleichenia dicarpa is a small fern growing in Australia and New Zealand. Referred to as one of the Coral Ferns. A common plant, often seen growing under waterfalls, in swamps, under cliffs and in tall open forest. It prefers high humidity and good levels of sunshine and moisture.
The fronds are variable 20-100 cm long and consisting of 1 - 3 tiers of pinnae. The pinnae are forked 2 - 3 times with final segments 2 - 3 mm long, rounded and pouched on the underside, with one to two brown sporangia.





Brown sporangia.