Common name: Austral Moonwort, Parsley fern, Austral Moorwort, Parsley Fern
Botrychium australe R.Br. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb to 50 cm high.
Frond usually solitary, 7–50 cm high; sterile lamina pale green, 2–4-pinnate, much dissected and resembling a parsley leaf, broad, distinctly stalked, stalk 4–15 cm long; fertile part 2–3-pinnate, triangular, borne on a fleshy stalk 6–40 cm long, sporangia in 2 rows on lateral branches, crowded.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in damp sites in open forest or grassland; widespread but uncommon.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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