Upright rambling fern with densely pinnate fronds <80cm long. Produces numerous spore masses per leaflet. Only fern with tubers, round, potato-like, to 2 cm wide.
Banks, rocky outcrops, open forest, roadsides, epiphyte perches.
Wind borne spores. Spreads vegetatively from tubers & runners.
Forms dense masses, crowding out other vegetation, becoming the dominant species.
Often mistaken for a native plant. Easy to kill. Leave treated sites 3-4 months to kill tubers before clearing or replanting.
1. Dig out taking care to remove all tubers.
2. Weed wipe (2g metsulfuron/1L)
3. Spray (1g metsulfuron/10L).
Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.