Asplenium hookerianum Colenso

Tasmanian J. Nat. Sci. 2: 169 (1846) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: vulnerable (VU); Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Rhizome short, covered with dark brown, shiny scales with long fine tips. Fronds tufted, erect to spreading, 5–20 cm long, with scattered red-brown scales extending up stipe, rachises and veins. Stipe shorter or longer than lamina, slender, grooved, brown below, green above. Lamina oblong-triangular, 1–2-pinnate (if 1-pinnate, then basal pinnae usually divided), mid-green to dark green, membranous; rachises slender, green, grooved. Pinnae with slender stalks; pinnules obovate to triangular, c. 3–10 cm long, bluntly toothed or deeply lobed; veins obscure except for raised midvein. Sori short, oblong, oblique to midvein, not reaching margin; indusium oblong, membranous, opening towards centre of pinna.

GipP, HSF, VAlp, VRiv. Also NSW, Tas. New Zealand. In Victoria, known only from two localities on the Snowy Range, south of Mt Howitt. It is also rare in NSW and Tas.

New Zealand plants are 2–3-pinnate and generally more robust than Australian ones. Asplenium hookerianum can be similar to A. bulbiferum, but that species is generally larger and has less delicate fronds. In addition, the secondary pinnae of A. hookerianum are clearly and slenderly stalked, while those of A. bulbiferum are sessile or shortly stalked.

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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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
order Polypodiales
family Aspleniaceae
genus Asplenium
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Asplenium hookerianum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Asplenium hookerianum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

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