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Blechnum fullagarii (F.Muell.) C.Chr.
Family Blechnaceae
Blechnum fullagarii (F.Muell.) C.Chr. APNI*

Description: Terrestrial or lithophytic fern. Rhizome prominent; apical scales narrow, twisted, c. 1.5 cm long, long-pointed.

Fronds dimorphic, clustered; stipe 5–10 cm long, with dense setose hairs and narrow scales, especially towards base. Lamina of sterile fronds pinnate or deeply pinnatifid, elliptic in outline, 30–50 cm long, 8–14 cm broad, with dense, dark brown, setose hairs on rachis and costae, scattered below; pinnae 15–25 pairs, entire, blunt at apex, often contiguous or sometimes overlapping slightly; longest pinnae 5–7 cm long, 1.2–2 cm broad in the middle; basal pinnae gradually reduced in length; veins mostly forked twice; pinnae in lower half of frond auriculate; upper pinnae ± adnate.

Lamina of fertile fronds pinnate; pinnae 15–20 pairs, linear, 3–6 cm long. Sori continuous, indusiate when young.


Distribution and occurrence: Endemic to Lord Howe Island.

Confined to the cloud-forest on the top of Mt. Gower.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
AVH map***

Text by P.S. Green (1994)
Taxon concept: P.S. Green (1994)


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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