Dryopteris cycadina (Franch. & Sav.) C.Chr.

Index Filic. 260 (1905) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Fronds tufted, erect to 50 cm long. Stipe to 20 cm long, stipe and rachis densely covered with brownish black ciliate scales. Lamina lanceolate, once pinnate, herbaceous, often shining. Pinnae up to 20 pairs, subsessile, linear-oblong to lanceolate, margins serrulate, apex acuminate, base truncate to cordate; both surfaces glabrous or with scattered brown scales; veins obscure except for midvein. Sori scattered around midvein.

Native to mountainous areas of northern India, China, Taiwan and Japan. Commonly cultivated, often under the name D. atrata. Only known in Australia from a single record in an urban bushland reserve on the Mornington Peninsula. Presumably an escapee from nearby gardens.   

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-06-23
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-04-19