Botrychium lunaria (L.) Sw.


J. Bot. (Schroder) 1800 (2): 110 (1801) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Plants 7–15 cm tall. Sterile lamina oblong, 3–7 cm long, pinnate with 3–6 pairs of broadly fan-shaped pinnae. Spike with relatively long stalk arising from near base of sterile lamina, pinnate with short lateral branches bearing numerous, close-set, sessile sporangia.

HNF, MonT, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. All continents except Africa. Very rare, in moist, well-drained grassy areas of alps and subalps above c. 1000 m (e.g. near upper tributaries of Buchan, Mitchell, Mitta Mitta and Snowy Rivers).

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
genus Botrychium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Botrychium lunaria in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Botrychium lunaria in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory