Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome dichotomously branched, covered in brown, fringed scales (at least when young). Fronds distant along rhizome, erect or scrambling, much-branched, usually with several tiers of 'dichotomous' branches, often interlacing and forming dense thickets to 2 m high or more; dormant bud protected by shiny, brown-fringed scales. Stipe long and brown, usually without scales, bristles or hairs when mature. Pinnules less than 5 mm long, sessile, flat to pouch-like, almost rounded, oblong to hemispherical. Sori with 1–6 globular sporangia splitting vertically.

About 10 species world-wide; 5 in Australia, 3 in Victoria.

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
Higher taxa
genus Gleichenia
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