Lindsaea microphylla Sw.

Lacy Wedge-fern

J. Bot. (Schrader) 1800 (2): 79 (1801) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Rhizome short, suberect, densely covered with pale scales having hair-points. Fronds clustered, erect, often the tips drooping, 10–50 cm long, delicate to lacy. Stipe comparatively short, slender, light brown towards base then straw-coloured, sometimes mottled. Lamina narrowly oblong to slightly triangular, 2–3-pinnate, yellow-green, membranous; rachises pale, yellowish, fine and sometimes twisted. Pinnae stalked, well separated in lower parts of taller fronds; pinnules triangular, 2–4 mm long, outer margins lobed or toothed. Sori extending along outer margin, protected by membranous indusium with frilled margin.

EGL, EGU, HSF, Strz. Also Qld, NSW. Although relatively widely distributed in East Gippsland, it is rare and localized throughout the rest of its Victorian range. Lindsaea microphylla grows naturally in heath and open-forest, but also in man-made excavations, and is often hidden and perhaps supported by undergrowth.

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 Lindsaeaceae
genus Lindsaea
Higher taxa


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

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory