Plant ID forum: Anyone knowledgeable about Ferns?

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Oct 13, 2016 3:21 PM CST
This one was labeled as Spleenwort (Asplenium 'Austral Gem') but to my old eyes it doesn't look like the one pictured in our database. Anyone recognize this fern?

My plant
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Compare the database image to the leaves of my plant:
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 13, 2016 5:44 PM CST
I think they are both Austral Gem
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Oct 14, 2016 4:05 PM CST
Thanks Daisy ... I'm not good at comparing plants and I wasn't sure it was the same as the one in the database.
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Silversurfer
Oct 14, 2016 4:25 PM CST
I hesitate to comment on ferns as they are notoriously hard face to face. From a pic even harder!

However all the sites I checked talk about Asplenium dimorphum x difforme 'Austral Gem'as having thick, shiny dark-green pinnae./with thick and glossy dark-green foliage held on strong, feathery fronds.

I am not seeing glossy/ shiny in your pic
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Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
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Metrosideros
Oct 14, 2016 8:05 PM CST
It does look like an <I>Asplenium<I/>.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Oct 15, 2016 9:43 AM CST
I do think it's an Asplenium but I'm still uncertain if it's 'Austral Gem'. I haven't re-potted since I purchased it. I'm pretty sure it's an Exotic Angel plant .... which are quite often mislabeled!

Thanks for the input. I'm going to leave it as Asplenium and mark this thread closed.
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