fern is a member of the Ophioglossaceae. It is monotypic and just
like its family members,
it has a separate fertile spike. This fern in found in
several areas throughout Southeast Asia.
of Helminthostachys zeylanica
plant is approximately 9 years old. During its growing season it will
perhaps 2 separate fronds; after this frond is finished "flowering,"
it will die back and
a new frond will emerge. The second frond will last until the cooler
months and then
die back. A new frond will be produced the following Spring.