Common name: Annual Fern
Anogramma leptophylla (L.) Link APNI*
Description: Delicate fern, usually less than 7.5 cm high; rhizome tufted.
Fronds few, usually 3–4 cm high; stipe slender, shiny and reddish; lamina pale green, delicate and membranous, glabrous, deeply lobed to 2-pinnate. Sori oblong, elongated along the veins, becoming confluent. Fronds short-lived, die down in hot weather but new fronds grow annually from the underground tuber.
Distribution and occurrence: In protected sites, often under rocks, in areas with a dry summer; widespread but apparently rare.
NSW subdivisions: NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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