Hypolepis amaurorachis (Kunze) Hook.

Sp. Fil. 2: 62 (1852) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome slender, 1.5–3 mm diam., covered by in shiny, red-brown hairs. Fronds 1–5 cm apart, erect, relatively soft, 30–75 cm long. Stipe 1–3 mm diam., dark red-brown tinged with purple, shiny and almost smooth. Lamina 3-pinnate, narrowly triangular, 2–3 times as long as broad, light green to mid-green, dull; hairs on both surfaces fine, colourless, some short and firm, others longer, crooked or almost straight with pointed or glandular tips. Rachises red-brown to orange-brown, lower surfaces smooth to slightly rough; hairs on both surfaces like those on lamina, but also with coarser, crooked hairs having reddish cross-walls, leaving very small tubercles when shed. Pinnules oblong; bases broadly decurrent; margins with rounded lobes, larger lobes blunt and again shallowly lobed; apices rounded; veins single in smaller lobes but forked in the larger. Sori 4–8 on larger pinnules, unprotected or partially protected by reflexed marginal flap which is fringed with a few hairs; spores 32–34 µm long and 20–22 µm diam. Austral Ground-fern.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, HSF, OtR, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. New Zealand. Uncommon throughout its range and rarely forming colonies. Individual plants are found in cool, wet forest, usually on stream banks or in rocky creek beds.

See taxonomic notes under H. rugosula

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 Hypolepis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Hypolepis amaurorachis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Hypolepis amaurorachis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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