Common name: Bristly Cloak Fern, Blanket Fern
Pleurosorus rutifolius (R.Br.) Fée APNI*
Description: Rhizome covered with purplish brown scales and old stipe bases.
Fronds few to several, erect, 1-pinnate with most pinnae pinnatifid, usually 5–15 cm long, densely covered with silvery to reddish brown non-glandular hairs; pinnae 3–8 pairs, dark green, asymmetric, fan-shaped, irregularly notched or lobed.
Sori in radiating lines along veins, confluent and brown with age.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread, on hillsides, often growing in the shelter of rocks, chiefly in dry areas and exposed situations.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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