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Common name: Robber Fern, Horseshoe Felt Fern
Pyrrosia confluens (R.Br.) Ching APNI*
Description: Rhizome long-creeping, much branched; scales appressed, red-brown to dark brown, margins fimbriate.
Fronds not markedly dimorphic; lamina narrow-obovate to oblong, usually 3–7 cm long, 5–15 mm wide.
Sori restricted to the apical region of the fertile frond, confluent and forming two oblong or ovate patches or a single horseshoe-shaped patch.
Distribution and occurrence: Creeping epiphyte on branches of rainforest trees and on rocks; north from the Wyong area.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, CT, NWS, CWS, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by Peter G. Wilson
|N.S.W. occurrences are: var. confluens|
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