Sticherus urceolatus M.Garrett & Kantvilas

Muelleria 11: 103 (1998) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Fronds spaced along rhizome, erect, with spreading fan-shaped lamina, up to four tiers (first and sometimes second branches very short), first branches with oblong pinnae, only occasionally lobed; angle between first branches 45–75°. Stipe 12–80 cm long, brown, smooth, shiny, with a few scales near base. Pinnules on ultimate rachis 50–65°(–75°) to axis, lanceolate, broadly lanceolate or narrowly oblong, (13–)18–27(–45) mm long, upper surface bright green, lower surface paler, with silky simple and branched hair-like scales along veins; pinnule base slightly widened; margins entire or shallowly crenate to serrate (often towards apex); apex slightly pointed or obtuse. Sori with 3–5 yellow sporangia.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Occurs in moist forested gullies, sheltered slopes and rocky stream verges.

Sticherus tener has been widely misapplied to this species. These two species are very similar, differing principally in the shape and angle of pinnules to the axis on the ultimate rachis. Pinnules on the ultimate rachis of S. urceolatus are typically narrowly oblong or broadly lanceolate and form a more acute angle to the rachis (mostly 50–65°), while pinnules of S. tener are linear or narrowly lanceolate (often accentuated by the acuminate apex) and angled at c. 80° to axis. Pinnules on the ultimate rachis of S. urecolatus are typically longer than those of S. tener, the latter not exceeding 20 mm. Both species are distinguished from S. lobatus by the presence of hair-like scales on the underside of pinnules. The margins of pinnules in S. urceolatus can be quite crenate to serrate, and so resemble those of S. flabellatus. However, in the former the crenation seldom continues to the base of the pinnule and the pinnules are angled at more than 50° to the axis.    

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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Sticherus urceolatus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Sticherus urceolatus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales