Asplenium appendiculatum subsp. appendiculatum

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Terrestrial or lithophytic fern. Rhizome short, covered with linear, tapering, dark brown scales. Fronds tufted, erect, 15–25 cm long, leathery. Stipe shorter than lamina, stout, grooved; scales similar to those of rhizome, numerous. Lamina lanceolate to oblong, 2–3-pinnate, dark green; rachis grooved, green, with scattered scales. Pinnae close together, narrow-triangular, up to 10 cm long, often with drawn-out tips, thickened basal edge of primary pinnae decurrent on raised edge of rachis; pinnules close together, linear-oblong, to 15 cm long (before becoming further pinnate), gradually decreasing in size along primary pinnae, margins entire or pinnae broader and narrowly lobed. Sori oblong, submarginal, borne singly on lobes or pinnules; indusium oblong, pale.

GGr, HSF, VAlp, VVP. Largely co-extensive in Victoria with Asplenium aethiopicum, i.e. sandstone in the Victoria Range and basalt in southwest Victoria. Asplenium appendiculatum also grows on granite on Mt Mueller (near Mt Baw Baw) and on Wilsons Promontory.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-06-17
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Asplenium appendiculatum subsp. appendiculatum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Asplenium appendiculatum subsp. appendiculatum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

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