Polyphlebium venosum (R.Br.) Copel

Veined Bristle-fern

Philipp. J. Sci. 67: 55, t. 7 (1938) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome densely covered with tiny, pale brown hairs. Fronds distant, pendent, 5–15 cm long. Stipe thread-like, not winged. Lamina irregularly shaped, pale green, delicate and translucent; pinnae sometime very long and hanging almost parallel to main rachis; lower pinnae often small and widely spaced; ultimate segments short and broad, 2–6 mm wide; margin wavy or broadly crenate. Sori borne singly on short lateral lobes at base of pinnae, immersed in lamina; indusium narrowly trumpet shaped, 2–4 mm long; receptacle fine, projecting more than 10 mm out from indusium at maturity.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WPro. Also Qld, NSW, Tas. (including Cape Barren Is. and Flinders Is.). New Zealand. Growing on logs, trunks of trees and tree-ferns (particularly Dicksonia antarctica, which can have its trunk completely covered by this filmy fern), and widespread in the southern half of Victoria.

Some small fronds may have a broad, fan-shaped lamina.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-08-24
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Polyphlebium venosum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Polyphlebium venosum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians 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

State distribution

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New South Wales