Sticherus flabellatus var. flabellatus

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Fronds spaced along rhizome, erect, with spreading fan-shaped lamina, up to 4 tiers (first and second branches very short), first branches generally without pinnae; angles between branches small, less than 45° in first fork. Stipe 40–75 cm long, brown, smooth, shiny. Pinnules angled at 45–50° to axis, oblong-linear, 30–55 mm long, upper surface dark green and shiny, lower surface lighter green, glabrous or sometimes with a few hair-like scales; margins serrate; apex slightly pointed. Sori with 3–6 yellow sporangia.

EGL, EGU. Restricted in Victoria to the far east (e.g. Tamboon Inlet, Mt Drummer, Howe Range areas), where sometimes forming extensive colonies along cool, shaded stream margins.

Apart from the characteristic serration and angle of insertion of the pinnules, the first branches are distinctive in making an angle of less than 45° with one another and in their absence of pinnules.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-08-05
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-05-31
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Sticherus flabellatus var. flabellatus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Sticherus flabellatus var. flabellatus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory