Sticherus tener (R.Br.) Ching

Silky Fan-fern

Sunyatsenia 5: 283 (1940) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Fronds spaced along rhizome, erect, with spreading fan-shaped lamina, up to four tiers (first and sometimes second branches very short), first branches with oblong pinnae, occasionally lobed; angle between first branches 45–75°. Stipe 12–80 cm long, brown, smooth, shiny, with a few scales near base. Pinnules on ultimate rachis 75–80° to axis, linear to narrowly lanceolate, 8–15(–20) mm long, upper surface bright green, lower surface paler, with silky simple and branched hair-like scales along veins; pinnule base slightly widened; margins entire or rarely shallowly crenate to serrate (particularly towards apex); apex acuminate. Sori with 3–5 yellow sporangia.

CVU, DunT, GGr, HNF, HSF, OtR, Strz, VAlp, WaP, WPro. Also NSW, Tas. (including Bass Strait islands). Occurs in moist forested gullies, sheltered slopes and rocky stream verges.

Apparently restricted to the Otways and Powelltown. Difficult to distinguish from the more widespread S. urceolatus where the two species are sympatric. See note under S. urceolatus.

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.
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2014-06-03
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kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
genus Sticherus
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Sticherus tener in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Sticherus tener in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native

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New South Wales