Tmesipteris elongata P.A.Dang.

Botaniste ser. 2: 213 (1890-91) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Fronds unbranched, 15–60 cm long, growing for more than one season. Leaves not crowded (c. 2–4 per cm), variable in shape, 15–30 mm long, similar in size throughout plant, firm; base symmetrical to asymmetrical; apex blunt with fine excurrent point, 1–2 mm long. Sporophyll lobes slightly shorter than leaves, c. 1–2 mm wide. Synangium elongate, mostly 3–5 mm long, with rounded lobes.

GipP, HSF, OtR, Strz, WPro. Also Tas. (including Bass Strait islands). New Zealand. Known from few scattered localities in Victoria (Otway and Strzelecki Ranges, upper Tyers River, Wilsons Promontory) and rare. Epiphytic on Dicksonia antarctica.

Chinnock (1975) recognized T. elongata subsp. robusta, a New Zealand endemic, as being more branched, with stems prominently winged by leaf bases, and with longer, broader leaves. This entity, however, is not widely accepted (e.g. Brownsey et al. 1985).

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
class Psilotopsida
order Psilotales
family Psilotaceae
genus Tmesipteris
Higher taxa


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

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