Tmesipteris parva N.A.Wakef.

Small Forkfern

Victorian Naturalist 60: 143 (1944) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Fronds unbranched, less than 15 cm long, maturing in one season. Leaves crowded (c. 4–5 per cm), gently curved, lanceolate, 9–14 mm long, not markedly smaller on younger portions of branch, soft to firm; base mostly symmetrical; apex acute to shortly pointed. Sporophyll lobes smaller than leaves. Synangium capsule-like, c. 3 mm long, with globular lobes.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, HSF, Strz, WPro. Also NSW, Tas. (King Is. and Flinders Is.). Philippines. On tree-ferns, occurring between Gembrook and Warburton and in east and south Gippsland.

Some plants from the Gembrook-Warburton area are somewhat intermediate between T. ovata and T. parva, having leaves which range from lanceolate to obovate, often with a short mucro (c. 0.5 mm long). They are here included as growth forms of T. parva.

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
class Psilotopsida
order Psilotales
family Psilotaceae
genus Tmesipteris
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Tmesipteris parva in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Tmesipteris parva in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native

State distribution

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New South Wales