Common name: Narrow Filmy Fern
Hymenophyllum rarum R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Mecodium rarum (R.Br.) Copel. APNI*
Hymenophyllum gunnii A.L.Baker APNI*
Description: Rhizome long-creeping, much branched, black and wiry, sparsely covered with red-brown hairs.
Fronds pendent, to 15 cm long; stipe to 5 cm long, black; rachis winged in upper half of the frond; lamina 1-pinnate 1–2-pinnatifid, pale green, to 10 cm long and 1–2.5 cm wide, margins not toothed.
Sori borne at apex of segments, immersed at the base but not tubular; involucre rhomboidal, apex rounded or obtusely angled; receptacle slender, included.
Distribution and occurrence: in patches on rocks or often epiphytic on trees or treeferns, in rainforest or moist gullies.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, CT
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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