Common name: Lacy Ground Fern
Dennstaedtia davallioides (R.Br.) T.Moore APNI*
Description: Rhizome long-creeping, 3–5 mm diam., densely covered with short, red-brown hairs.
Fronds erect but drooping near tips, to 1.5 m high and to 0.5 m wide; stipe long, reddish brown, shiny, a few hairs at base, smaller rachis hairy, especially in grooves; lamina 3–4-pinnate, very broad-triangular, dark green, soft and membranous, lacy, ultimate segments asymmetric with narrow lobes.
Sori 0.5–1 mm diam., borne at tip of a lobe or in the fork between lobes of a segment; indusium very thin with a lobed or entire margin.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread, occurs on rainforest margins or moist sites in tall open forest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, CT
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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