Common name: Dwarf Sickle Fern
Pellaea nana (Hook.) Bostock APNI*
Synonyms: Pellaea falcata var. nana Hook. APNI*
Description: Rhizome short- to medium creeping with narrow-ovate scales.
Fronds 20–50 cm long; stipe 20–50% length of frond; stipe and rachis covered with scales and hairs. Lamina with 25–65 crowded sessile or shortly stalked pinnae; pinnae oblong to linear-oblong, c. 5–25 mm long, 2.5–7 mm wide, dark green above, pale beneath, margins usually entire.
Sori in a continuous band c. 1 mm wide; indusium membranous.
Distribution and occurrence: In rainforest or moist sclerophyll forest, often among rocks or on cliff faces or boulders.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, CT, ST, CWS, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Tas.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: P.D. Bostock (1994)
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