Pteris umbrosa R.Br.

Jungle Brake

Prodr. 154 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native (naturalised in part(s) of state)

Rhizome short and stout, horizontal to erect, covered with brown scales. Fronds close together, erect but arching over, 100–250 cm long. Stipe more than half the length of frond, relatively narrow, brown to straw-coloured, deeply grooved. Lamina irregularly 2-pinnate with pinnae well separated, only lowermost primary pinnae divided again and shortly stalked; rachis pale, winged for most of length. Pinnae near top of frond and segments of lower pinnae more than 15 cm long, 4–15 mm wide (leaf segments slightly narrower in fertile fronds), ribbon-like, apices tapering, bases long decurrent, uppermost edges at points of attachment cut to rachis; veins close together, simple or forked, ending in finely serrate margins. Sori continuous along margins of each leaf segment, except for tip, and down decurrent base.

EGL, EGU, *GipP, *HSF. Also Qld, NSW. Confined to rainforests of East Gippsland, where extensive colonies with fronds more than 2 m long may be found.

The large fronds and ribbon-like leaf segments with long decurrent bases make this a distinctive fern in Victoria.

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
order Polypodiales
family Pteridaceae
genus Pteris
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Pteris umbrosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pteris umbrosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales