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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Botany picture #24: Todea barbara
Todea barbara is the third and last Osmundaceae in this small series of botany pictures. Like several other members of its family, this species can get very large and is thus known as the King Fern. It occurs in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. These particular pictures were taken in the Botanic Gardens of Sydney in 2011.
As can be seen here, this species does not have morphologically specialized fertile pinnae like the two last Osmundaceae.