Rumohra adiantiformis (G.Forst.) Ching

Leathery Shield-fern

Sinensia 5: 70 (1934) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Fronds distant along rhizome, erect to drooping, glossy, leathery, variable in size and shape, 25–100 cm long. Stipe long, deeply grooved, with papery, brown scales. Lamina 2–3-pinnate, narrowly to broadly triangular, dark green, glabrous; rachises grooved, with raised centre and prominent lateral ridges, scaly. Primary pinnae stalked and distant; pinnules decurrent, oblong-lanceolate, bluntly toothed or lobed. Sori numerous, slightly sunken, in 2 rows midway between margin and midrib; indusium round and membranous, centre dark, with central stalk; spores blackish.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also Qld, NSW, Tas. (including Bass Strait islands). New Zealand, South Africa, Central and South America. Occurs in wet shaded forest and in deep fern gullies as an epiphyte (often on Dicksonia antarctica), scrambling on logs and rocks, or occasionally, on forest floor.

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
order Polypodiales
genus Rumohra
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Rumohra adiantiformis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Rumohra adiantiformis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool 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
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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New South Wales