Pteris vittata L.

Chinese Brake

Sp. pl. 1074 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Rhizome very short, densely covered with pale beige scales. Fronds tufted, erect and arching, 30–75 cm long. Stipe short, deeply grooved, fawn, covered with pale, hair-tipped scales and some short hairs. Lamina once pinnate with longer pinnae near middle of frond (but not becoming much shorter towards tip), terminal pinnae similar to lateral pinnae, almost glabrous. Pinnae close together, numerous, very shortly stalked to sessile, linear to narrowly oblong, middle pinnae 10–15 cm long, margins clear and finely toothed when sterile, apices pointed; veins close together, almost parallel, simple or forked, free. Sori continuous along both sides of pinnae from near base to near tip; nearly all pinnae on mature plants fertile.

EGU, HSF. Also WA, Qld, NSW. Europe, east Asia, Africa, south Pacific. Rare in Victoria, restricted to rocks and stony hillsides near Buchan in East Gippsland, and favouring sites on limestone or granite.

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 Polypodiales
family Pteridaceae
genus Pteris
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory