Schizaea fistulosa Labill.

Narrow Comb-fern

Nov. Holl. Pl. 2: 103, t. 250 fig. 3 APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome buried to depth of only 2–4 cm. Fronds close together along rhizome, erect and often intertwined, unbranched, 10–60 cm long, usually less than 0.6 mm diam., wiry; stipe brown near base then green; lamina hardly distinct from stipe, rounded, horse-shoe shaped in cross-section with groove on back of comb (grooves along two stomatal rows on pinnae side of lamina absent or only slight), green, smooth with scattered tiny, brown, glandular hairs. Sterile fronds short and unbranched but rarely found. Fertile fronds with combs 10–20 mm long, 1–4 mm wide, 3.5–8 times longer than broad; pinnae bearing sporangia with narrow, forward-pointing lobes having coarsely fringed margins.

EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, OtP, OtR, Strz, VVP, WPro. All States except Qld. New Zealand, New Caledonia, Malaysia, Madagascar Is., Chile. Usually in wet or open heath-land, particularly near the coast. The spindly fronds use other vegetation for support and often twist into loose coils.

See taxonomic notes under S. bifida.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
order Schizaeales
family Schizaeaceae
genus Schizaea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Schizaea fistulosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Schizaea fistulosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales