Unknown hitchhiker fern


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I think you're right, I initially discounted it because all the Phlebodium (where P. aureum is now placed) I've seen have had greyish green leaf blades. (It might be a different Phlebodium though, best to check all of the similar-looking species to get a correct ID.)

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Hi Manders

Phlebodium aureum it is, and a nasty, invasive weed it is too! The frond in your first picture is a fertile, spore-producing frond, and one I would remove, unless you want it sprouting ALL over your plants. It will eventually get huge and multiply very rapidly. Having a plant of this in my greenhouse a few years ago was the worst mistake I ever made.

Cheers

Andy

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Hi Manders

Phlebodium aureum it is, and a nasty, invasive weed it is too! The frond in your first picture is a fertile, spore-producing frond, and one I would remove, unless you want it sprouting ALL over your plants. It will eventually get huge and multiply very rapidly. Having a plant of this in my greenhouse a few years ago was the worst mistake I ever made.

Cheers

Andy

Thanks for the warning Andy! Bit of a dilemma now because i quite like this fern, anyway its in a terrarium so ill risk it for a while and see how it goes...

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