Identify fern with split frond

February 5, 2009

Last year my neighbor gave me what she calls a "fishtail fern" and it is not phased by the cold weather recently encountered here in south Alabama. However, it is nothing like the plant identified as a "fishtail fern" in the online references I searched.

The plant is a medium green, about 12-15" tall. The end of each frond is what splits into a fishtail, more like a fantail fish. The stem itself splits, and the green petals are not bi- or tri-lobed, all are straight and plain.

Does anyone have a suggestion where I might go to identify this sturdy plant? It is presently living beside my koi pond in semi shade.

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