Dennstaedtia davallioides (R.Br.) T.Moore

Lacy Ground-fern

Parker’s Cat. (1858) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome long-creeping, much-branched, 3–5 mm diam., covered with short, cinnamon-brown hairs. Fronds distant, erect but drooping near tips, soft, 60–150 cm long. Stipe long, stiff, smooth and shiny, red-brown (sometimes dark), deeply but narrowly grooved; a few hairs near base. Lamina 3–4-pinnate, broad, somewhat triangular, mid- to dark green, delicate; hairs mostly along veins, short and colourless. Rachises mostly red-brown, shiny, narrowly grooved between prominent ridges; smaller rachises paler, with hairs on both surfaces (more numerous in grooves). Pinnae opposite to subopposite with lower primary pinna-pairs distant; pinnules markedly asymmetrical, decurrent (forming green wing along rachis), deeply and obliquely lobed; narrow lobules (or teeth) each having single vein. Sori as described above; cup-shaped indusial structure obvious when sorus mature.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, HSF, OtP, OtR, Strz. Also Qld, NSW, Norfolk Is. Found in East Gippsland, Otway Range and at one isolated locality near Marysville north-east of Melbourne. Although uncommon, it can form extensive colonies near streams and in humid gullies.

See taxonomic notes under Calochlaena dubia (Dicksoniaceae).

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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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Dennstaedtia davallioides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dennstaedtia davallioides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales