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Platyzoma microphyllum R.Br.
Family Pteridaceae
Platyzoma microphyllum R.Br. APNI*

Description: Rhizome creeping, hairs copper-coloured.

Fronds crowded, simple and pinnate.

Simple fronds linear, green, 3–7 cm long, inconspicuous and often easily overlooked. Pinnate fronds usually 20–35 cm long, rarely longer; stipe pale to dark red-brown, 3–6 cm long; sterile pinnae to 2 mm long, very thick, ovate, margins strongly revolute and bearing short papillae, glabrous outside, the inner surface often covered in a yellow waxy substance secreted by glandular hairs; fertile pinnae slightly larger, less strongly revolute. Clumped fern, sometimes forming colonies, in sandy soils; rare in N.S.W., recorded only in the Yetman district.


Distribution and occurrence: Clumped fern, sometimes forming colonies, in sandy soils; rare in N.S.W., recorded only in the Yetman district.
NSW subdivisions: NWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. N.T.
Threatened species: NSW TSCA: Endangered
AVH map***

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)


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