Common name: bristly cloak fern
Cheilanthes distans (R.Br.) Mett. APNI*
Description: Rhizome short-creeping, covered with lanceolate, entire scales.
Fronds crowded, to 30 cm high, < 3 cm wide; stipe red-brown to dark brown, shiny, moderately to densely covered with lanceolate, entire brown scales; lamina narrow-lanceolate, 2-pinnate, upper surface sparsely hairy with simple whitish hairs, lower surface with scales only, golden-brown; ultimate segments sessile, 1–6 mm long and 1 mm wide.
Sori becoming confluent and continuous around the margins of the segments.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on rocky hillsides in woodland or open forest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, SFWP, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: T.C. Chambers & P.A. Farrant (1998)
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