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Common name: Pouched Coral Fern, Tangle Fern
Gleichenia dicarpa R.Br. APNI*
Description: Rhizome long-creeping, slender, dark and wiry, covered with scales.
Fronds forked several times, to 2 m long; pinnules to 4 cm long, dull green, ultimate segments of mature fronds pouch-like, 1–1.5 mm long, with strongly recurved margins; ultimate axes covered with finely fringed scales.
Sori mostly consisting of only 2 sporangia.
Distribution and occurrence: A common, widespread species that often forms large colonies in sunny damp sites around swamps and bases of cliffs, on rainforest margins and in tall open forest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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