Anogramma leptophylla (L.) Link

Annual Fern

Fil. Spec. 137 (1841) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

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.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-04
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
order Polypodiales
family Pteridaceae
genus Anogramma
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Anogramma leptophylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Anogramma leptophylla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales