Pleurosorus rutifolius (R.Br.) Fée

Blanket Fern

Mém. Foug. 5: 179, t. 16c (1852) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome coarse, erect, covered in shiny, purplish-brown, lanceolate, latticed scales with tapering tips. Fronds tufted, erect, 3–17 cm long. Stipe usually shorter than lamina, slender, green; scales similar to those on rhizome, tufted at base and scattered above; hairs numerous; old stipe bases persistent. Lamina once pinnate, narrowly oblong and blunt, soft, dark green, usually densely covered in colourless to rust-coloured hairs, some with glandular tips; rachises slender, winged. Pinnae in 3–8 subopposite pairs, shortly stalked, decurrent on rachis, asymmetrically obovate to fan-shaped, 4–20 mm long, irregularly lobed (outer margin occasionally toothed); veins obscure. Sori in radiating lines along veins, linear-oblong, without indusium; mature sporangia brown to black, sometimes confluent and covering most of under-surface of pinna.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, NIS, OtR, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. All States. New Zealand. Widespread and growing among rocks and in rock-crevices, often in dry or exposed areas (e.g. Grampians, Werribee River gorge, Warby Range, Mt Pilot, gorges of several rivers in East Gippsland).

In sheltered positions the fronds are soft and dark green, while in more exposed sites they are more hairy, smaller and often bronze-coloured.

See note under Pleurosorus subglandulosus.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1994). Ferns and allied plants (Psilophyta, Lycopodiophyta, Polypodiophyta). In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-07
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
order Polypodiales
family Aspleniaceae
genus Pleurosorus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Pleurosorus rutifolius in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pleurosorus rutifolius in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native

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Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory