Victorian Naturalist 73: 181 (1957) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)
Rhizome creeping, moderately thick, covered in narrow, red-brown scales. Fronds close together, erect, 30–85 cm tall. Stipe about as long as lamina, densely covered in stiff, red-brown bristles up to 1 cm long with bases persisting as tubercles. Lamina 3–4-pinnate, triangular, dark green, firm in texture, glabrous except along veins; rachises with bristles similar to those of stipe. Pinnules oblong-lanceolate, sharply pointed, margins deeply incised into narrow, toothed segments. Indusium fawn, with glandular margin (which may be tucked under indusium).
GipP, HSF, OtR, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. New Zealand. Grows in wet forests. Locally plentiful in southern Otways (e.g. Maits Rest), but rare outside this area, in scattered localities in mountains east of Melbourne (e.g. Olinda, Fernshaw, Beenak), and discovered in 2015 in the Kuark area on south side of Errinunda Plateau in East Gippsland).
A very distinctive fern, with its narrow, pointed pinnules and bristly stipe and rachies.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||cultivated|
|New South Wales|