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Arthropteris tenella (G.Forst.) J.Sm. ex Hook.f.
Family Tectariaceae
Arthropteris tenella (G.Forst.) J.Sm. ex Hook.f. APNI*

Description: Rhizome very long-creeping, rigid, to 6 mm diam., densely covered with brown scales.

Fronds erect to pendent, usually 25–45 cm long, sometimes to 60 cm long; stipe to 8 cm long, yellowish to reddish brown, scaly; lamina bright green, glossy, thinly leathery, narrow-elliptic; pinnae 3–10 cm long, apex of upper pinnae acuminate, that of lower pinnae acute or obtuse, margins entire or crenulate, glabrous or with a few scattered white hairs.

Sori ± circular, indusium absent.


Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in rainforest, growing on rocks or trees.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, NWS, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: G.H. Bell (1998)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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