Mangrove fern (species: Acrostichum speciosum) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Acrostichum speciosum
Mangrove fern

©Helen Holmlund: Acrostichum speciosum behind Watson's Bay beach, Lizard Island.

©Helen Holmlund: Acrostichum speciosum at the base of a Melaleuca tree behind Watson's Bay beach, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: A clump of dead Acrostichum speciosum behind Watson's Bay beach, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Plantae
Division Charophyta
Class Equisetopsida
Family Pteridaceae
Genus Acrostichum
Species Acrostichum speciosum



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



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Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Duke, N. (2006). Australia's Mangroves: The authoritative guide to Australia's mangrove plants 200 pp. University of Queensland, Brisbane. LIRS catalog number 90187.

Other references

  • Byrnes, N.B., S.L. Everist, S.T. Reynolds, A. Specht and R.L. Specht (1977). The vegetation of Lizard Island, North Queensland, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 88: 1-15. LIRS catalog number 3.
  • Proske, U. and S. Haberle (2012). Island ecosystem and biodiversity dynamics in northeastern Australia during the Holocene: Unravelling short-term impacts and long-term drivers. The Holocene, 22(10): 1097-1111. LIRS catalog number 1540.