Gleichenia rupestris R.Br.

Prodr. 160 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Rachis of major branches glabrous, with occasional, scattered fringed scales. Ultimate branches linear, 3–5 cm long, with close-set pinnules; undersurface of pinna-rachis without hairs or scales, usually glaucous; uncoiling tips (and young rachises) glaucous, with scattered fringed scales. Pinnules c. 1–2 mm long, oblong-ovate to semicircular, blunt, lower surface glaucous, flat or slightly concave (not inrolled on all edges to make a pocket). Sori with 3–4 sporangia grouped around central projection; sporangia dull, yellow-brown.

EGL. Also Qld, NSW. Occurs along the east coast of Australia, extending south to far eastern Victoria (Wingan Inlet area and Sandpatch Wilderness) where uncommon, occurring in seepage areas of sea-cliffs.

The glaucous ultimate rachises and pinnule undersurface are distinctive, although the degree of glaucousness is variable. The more or less glabrous rachises and branches are diagnostic.

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: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-16
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kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
genus Gleichenia
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Gleichenia rupestris in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gleichenia rupestris in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native

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