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Common name: Scrambling Coral Fern, Umbrella Fern, Parasol Fern
Gleichenia microphylla R.Br. APNI*
Description: Rhizome long-creeping, slender, dark and wiry.
Fronds forked several times, to 2 m long; pinnules to 4 cm long, dark green; ultimate segments of mature fronds 1–2 mm long, flat or only slightly recurved, pale green on the lower surface; lateral axes with stellate hairs.
Sori usually consisting of 3 or 4 sporangia.
Distribution and occurrence: A widespread species that forms large colonies in sunny damp sites around swamps, at bases of cliffs or in open forest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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