Phlegmariurus varius (R.Br.) A.R.Field & Bostock

Phytokeys 20: 49 (2013)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Stems erect or suberect, branching several times, 20–30 cm long. Leaves spirally arranged, close-set and overlapping, spreading, strap-shaped, 10–15 mm long, more than 1 mm wide, papery to firm, green to dark green; bases decurrent; apex subacute; leaves towards fertile areas smaller and more appressed. Fertile zones usually terminal (occasionally vegetative growth continues), often branched, curved, up to 15 cm long. Sporophylls in 4 rows, crowded, overlapping and appressed, lanceolate and keeled, 3–6 mm long; apex subacute to acute.

EGL, EGU, GGr, HSF, OtR, VAlp, WPro. Localized and rare at each of the Victorian localities (Grampians, Otways, Mount Tyers, Wilsons Promontory, Coopracambra National Park, Genoa Peak). Also Qld, NSW (including Lord Howe Is.), Tas. (including Furneaux Group islands); New Zealand.

A variable species, intergrading between two growth forms: one epiphytic and pendulous (sometimes referred to P. myrtifolius, a species not found in Australia), the other growing in rock crevices and erect. Nearly all Victorian specimens fall within the latter category.

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