Cheilanthes lasiophylla Pic.Serm.

Woolly Cloak-fern

Webbia 8: 209 (1951) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Rhizome short, horizontal; scales narrow and pointed, each with a dark central streak. Fronds clustered near tip of rhizome, stiffly erect, small, 6–24 cm tall, 1–2 cm wide at broadest point. Stipe shorter than lamina, slender, dark brown, densely clad when young with both pale scales and hairs, groove very shallow. Lamina narrowly oblong, 2-pinnate, dull green-brown; rachis brown, densely covered with pale scales and hairs. Pinnae well separated along rachis, short; pinnules shallowly lobed or entire, blunt; lower surface densely clad in fine, pale brown scales, 1–2 mm long, with stellate bases, intermixed with branched hairs; upper surface covered with branched hairs. Sori protected by slightly reflexed wavy margins; spores black and spherical.

LoM, NIS, VVP. All mainland states. Endemic to Australia and more common in the drier western and central regions of the country. Restricted in Victoria to the north-west near the South Australian border and at two isolated localities in north-central Victoria.

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
family Pteridaceae
genus Cheilanthes
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cheilanthes lasiophylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cheilanthes lasiophylla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory