Sticherus lobatus N.A.Wakef.

Spreading Fan-fern

Victorian Naturalist 60: 110 (1943) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Fronds spaced along rhizome at intervals up to 8 cm, erect, with spreading fan-shaped lamina, up to 4 tiers (first and sometimes second branches very short), first branches with some pinnately lobed pinnae; angle between first branches 75–110°. Stipe 30–60 cm long, brown, smooth, shiny, with a few scales near base. Pinnules on ultimate rachis at 75–90° to axis, narrowly oblong, 10–30 mm long, upper surface dull green, lower surface grey-green, glabrous; pinnule base slightly expanded; margins entire; apex rounded. Sori with 3–6 yellow sporangia.

EGL, EGU, HFE, HNF, HSF, OtR, Strz, WPro. Also NT, Qld, NSW, Tas. (including Cape Barren Is. and King Is.). In forested areas, particularly moist slopes, in the south and east of Victoria, but most common in East Gippsland.

See also notes under S. urceolatus.

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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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Sticherus lobatus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Sticherus lobatus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
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

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New South Wales