Fil. Spec. 137 (1841) APNI
Rhizome very short, poorly developed, growing from a perennial gametophyte. Fronds tufted, erect or spreading, delicate, very small, usually 2–8 cm long (up to 12 cm). Stipe slender, pale to reddish-brown, shiny, glabrous except for few hairs at base. Lamina oblong-triangular, very deeply lobed to 2-pinnate, sometimes with shorter, fan-shaped, barren frond in addition to pinnately divided fertile fronds, delicate, glabrous. Pinnae somewhat distant, stalked; pinnules wedge-shaped at base, rounded and deeply lobed. Sori on undersurface of lobes, clustered along veins, sometimes coalescing.
CVU, DunT, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, Tas. New Zealand, South America, India, Africa, Europe. Scattered around the state in sheltered, damp places such as log hollows and moist rock ledges and earth embankments. Although widespread it is often overlooked.
The sporophyte dies back during the hotter months, and the perennial gametophyte develops a lobed tuber from which new fronds appear.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|New South Wales|