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Pteris comans G.Forst.
Family Pteridaceae
Common name: Hairy Bracken, Netted Brake

Pteris comans G.Forst. APNI*

Description: Rhizome tufted, erect, covered with dark brown, hairy scales.

Fronds to 2 m long, 3-pinnate or more compound, dark green, lacy; stipe long, brown and purplish towards base, greenish above and grooved, rachis yellowish; lamina almost glabrous, ultimate segments oblong and to 5 cm long and relatively broad, the margins irregularly toothed; fertile segments not much narrower than the sterile ones; veins anastomosing.

Sori linear, continuous between the segments but not extending to the apices.

Distribution and occurrence: in wet places in rainforest or tall open forest; uncommon.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
AVH map***

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: K.U. Kramer & P.M.McCarthy (1998)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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