Common name: Crepe Fern
Leptopteris fraseri (Hook. & Grev.) C.Presl APNI*
Description: Arborescent fern; trunk to 1 m high; bearing 1 or more crowns.
Fronds arching, c. 1 m long; stipe 20–45 cm long, often glaucous, stipular expansions dark red-brown, glabrous or bearing a few rust-coloured fluffy hairs; lamina 15–25 cm wide, membranous.
Sporangia clustered in irregular patches, orange-brown at maturity.
Distribution and occurrence: in very wet places, often near waterfalls in cooler rainforest; chiefly on the ranges south from the Walcha district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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