Tmesipteris ovata N.A.Wakef

Oval Fork-fern

Victorian Naturalist 60: 143 (1944) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Fronds unbranched or branched once, 10–20 cm long, maturing in one season. Leaves crowded (c. 4–6 per cm), obovate to oblanceolate, 8–14 mm long, smaller on older parts of branch, soft to firm; base not markedly asymmetrical; apex rounded with short, excurrent point, c. 1 mm long. Sporophyll lobes narrower and shorter than leaves. Synangium capsule4ike, 2–3 mm long, with globular lobes.

EGL, EGU, HFE, HSF, Strz, WPro. Also Qld, NSW. Not common in Victoria, localized in wet forest near Gembrook and Emerald, Morwell National Park, Wilsons Promontory and East Gippsland. See notes under T. parva.

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
class Psilotopsida
order Psilotales
family Psilotaceae
genus Tmesipteris
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Tmesipteris ovata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Tmesipteris ovata 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
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory