Polystichum formosum Tindale

Broad Shield-fern

South Australian Naturalist 28: 32 (1954) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Rhizome thick, covered in scales. Fronds tufted, erect, 30–60 cm long. Stipe comparatively long; scales dull, papery and uniformly pale to mid-brown, denser and larger towards base, interspersed with small, short-lived scales with hair-like projections. Lamina 2–3-pinnate, ovate-triangular, lowest pinnae sometimes deflexed, bright green; rachis and midvein scales numerous, narrow, fawn, silky, basal margins with fine projections, interspersed with very small scales with hair-like projections from margins. Bulbils absent. Pinnules sharply pointed at tip and sharply toothed at margin, each tooth almost awn-tipped. Sori spherical, in 2 rows distant from margin; indusium papery, pale brown.

EGL, EGU, MonT, VAlp. Also Qld, NSW. Known only from a few sites in East Gippsland (Mitchell River gorge area, W-Tree and Murrindal areas near Buchan, upper Genoa River). Usually growing in creek beds or on wet rock faces, but never common.

See also notes under Polystichum proliferum

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, 2018-05-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
order Polypodiales
genus Polystichum
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Polystichum formosum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Polystichum formosum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present cultivated
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native

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New South Wales