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Asplenium oblongifolium, commonly known as Oblong-leaf Spleenwort. It is native to New Zealand and can be found in various habitats, including forests, cliffs, and rocky areas. 
 

Description:

 

  • Fronds: Asplenium oblongifolium has long, lance-shaped fronds that grow in a rosette form. The fronds can reach up to 30-40 centimeters in length and are usually dark green in color. They have a distinct glossy appearance.
  • Texture: The fronds have a leathery texture, which helps them withstand harsh environmental conditions.

 

Growing Conditions:

 

  • Light: Oblong-leaf Spleenwort prefers shaded to partially shaded locations. It thrives in areas with filtered or dappled sunlight, making it suitable for growing in shaded garden beds or under the canopy of trees.
  • Soil: This fern prefers well-draining, humus-rich soil. It can grow in a variety of soil types, including loamy or sandy soils.
  • Watering: Asplenium oblongifolium prefers consistent moisture but is also well-adapted to periods of dryness. It benefits from regular watering, especially during dry spells.
  • Temperature: This fern is well-suited for temperate climates and can tolerate light frosts. It is not suitable for extremely cold or freezing temperatures.
  • Maintenance: Asplenium oblongifolium is a low-maintenance fern. Remove any dead or damaged fronds as needed to maintain its appearance.

 

Asplenium oblongifolium is an attractive fern that can add a touch of lush greenery to shaded areas in gardens and landscapes. Its glossy fronds and compact growth habit make it an appealing choice for fern enthusiasts. As a native New Zealand plant, it also provides habitat and food sources for local wildlife. Additionally, ferns like Asplenium oblongifolium play an essential role in maintaining healthy ecosystems, contributing to soil health and water retention in their natural habitats.

 

 

 

 

Asplenium oblongifolium (Shining Spleenwort)

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