Common name: Kangaroo Fern
Microsorum pustulatum (G.Forst.) Copel. APNI*
Synonyms: Microsorum diversifolium (G.Forst.) Copel. APNI*
Description: Rhizome very long-creeping, fleshy, glaucous, scales appressed, not persistent.
Fronds 20–60 cm long, simple or pinnatifid, both types often present together and both may be fertile; stipe to 25 cm long; lamina to 35 cm long, leathery, light green, unscented.
Sori usually 1–5 mm diam., circular or rarely ovate, sunken into the lamina.
Distribution and occurrence: Scrambling fern on rocks or tree trunks, in or near rainforest; widespread.
NSW subdivisions: NC, ?CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of Australia 48
| ||Key to the subspecies|| |
|1||Sori slightly (rarely deeply) sunken into lamina, about half way in from margin||subsp. pustulatum|
|Sori deeply sunken into lamina, submarginal to about one third of the way in from margin||subsp. howense|
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