Pellaea nana (Hook.) Bostock

Fl. Australia 48: 708 (1998) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Rhizome short- to medium-creeping; scales narrowly ovate, c. 1.5 mm long, dark brown to black with paler borders.  Fronds erect, 20–50 cm long. Stipe 5–20 cm long, densely clustered, c. 2–5 mm apart, stiff, persistent, dark brown; stipe and rachis with dense covering of spreading brown scales and hairs. Lamina 1-pinnate, narrow ovate, with 25–65 crowded pinnae, stiffly herbaceous, ±glabrous aside from a few scales on the mid-vein, dark green above, paler beneath. Pinnae sessile or shortly stalked (stalk < 1 mm long), oblong to linear-oblong, 5–18 mm long, 2.5–7 mm wide; apex obtuse or acute; base truncate to cordate; margins entire, usually undulate, sometimes with minute teeth near apex; veins obscure except mid-vein. Sori in continuous band c. 1 mm wide along margins, reaching almost to apex and base; reflexed margin covering young sori.

CVU, EGU, HNF, HSF, OtR, SnM. Occurs in moist forest, often among rocks or on rock faces.

This species closely resembles P. falcata, and has previously been regarded as a variety of P. falcata. The two species are principally distinguished on pinnae size, P. nana with pinnae crowded, 5–18 mm long while pinnae are well spaced, 22–46 mm long in P. falcata.   

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-05-27
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
order Polypodiales
family Pteridaceae
genus Pellaea
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Pellaea nana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pellaea nana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Central Victorian Uplands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory