Polystichum fallax Tindale APNI*
Description: Rhizome and lower parts of stipes covered with fine soft scales and red-brown scales at the very base and broader, and often darker, scales further up.
Fronds 2–3-pinnate, mostly 40–75 cm long; rachises sparsely scaly in mature fronds, proliferous buds never present on main rachis; lamina leathery, the ultimate segments with acute or aristate teeth, the apical spine longer than the marginal ones.
Sori circular; indusium brown, sometimes with a dark centre, not persistent.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread, chiefly found amongst rocks in open forest at medium altitudes; north from Merriwa district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: D.L. Jones (1998)
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