Gleichenia microphylla R.Br.

Scrambling Coral-fern

Prodr. 161 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rachis of major branches with numerous and conspicuous bundles of short, shiny, amber to dark brown bristles, as well as less numerous and scattered, fringed scales. Ultimate branches linear, 2–6 cm long, with close-set pinnules; undersurface of pinna-rachis without hairs or scales; uncoiling tips (and young rachises) shiny, covered in red-brown bristles and few fringed scales. Pinnules 1–3 mm long, oblong-triangular, blunt, lower surface flat or slightly concave (but never inrolled on all edges to make a pocket). Sori with 2–4, rarely 1 or 5, sporangia grouped around central projection; sporangia shiny, bright yellow to yellow-brown.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. (including Flinders Is. and King Is.). New Zealand. Forming scrambling thickets in sunny areas with ample moisture throughout the southern two-thirds of Victoria.

Dried specimens of Gleichenia microphylla can sometimes have quite recurved leaves, but they never form a pouch. See also notes under G. dicarpa.

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, 2020-10-28
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kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
genus Gleichenia
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Gleichenia microphylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gleichenia microphylla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain 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
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory