Hymenophyllum cupressiforme Labill.

Common Filmy-fern

Nov. Holl. Pl. 2: 102, t. 250 fig. 2 (1807) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome creeping, narrow, sparsely hairy. Fronds irregularly spaced, semi-erect, 2–8 cm long. Rachis with narrow wing which may extend on to stipe. Lamina up to 3-pinnate, divided on, both sides of primary pinnae, shape variable, green to dark green, dull, ultimate segments short and broad; margin coarsely serrate; apex slightly wider, blunt. Sori large, only 1 per pinna, terminal on short segments arising from secondary rachis (adjacent to main rachis), not immersed in lamina; indusium deeply 2-lipped wider than segment, broadly obovate, apical margins sharply toothed or almost entire, ripe sporangia sometimes protruding.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MuM, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also Qld, NSW, Tas. (including Bass Strait islands). New Zealand. Common throughout all but north of State, and comparatively drought resistant (curled, partly dried fronds can be rejuvenated). It can form dense mats among mosses or humus in a wide range of cool, shaded habitats, or grow on rocks, rotting logs or tree-ferns in rainforests.

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, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Hymenophyllum cupressiforme in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Hymenophyllum cupressiforme in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory