Cheilanthes austrotenuifolia H.M.Quirk & T.C.Chambers

Rock Fern

Austral. J. Bot. 31: 510 (1983) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome short, creeping or semi-erect; scales narrow, pointed, pale but becoming uniformly darker. Fronds close together along rhizome or clustered at tip, variable in colour and size, erect or drooping, 2–45 cm tall, 3–10 cm wide at broadest point; sterile fronds slightly broader and flatter than fertile ones. Stipe shorter or longer than lamina, fine to coarse, brick-red to brown; scales scattered, pale, narrow to hair-like. Lamina broadly or narrowly triangular to ovate, 3-pinnate, glabrous above, with a few scattered hairs below; rachises and midvein undersurface with pale, narrow scales, to 1 mm long, which taper to segmented hair-like tip, and a few hairs. Pinnae relatively close together; pinnules with shallow lateral lobes and long terminal segment. Sori partly enclosed by reflexed, crenate margin of shallow lobes of pinnules; spores spherical, black.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Usually growing among rocks, in crevices or around boulders, but also on slopes and in valleys of open-forest, along streams, and in scrub. It spreads by means of a creeping rhizome as well as by sexual reproduction.

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, 2020-07-07
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cheilanthes austrotenuifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cheilanthes austrotenuifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera 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
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes 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
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory