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Cheilanthes sieberi Kunze
Family Pteridaceae
Cheilanthes sieberi Kunze APNI*

Description: Rhizome short- to medium-creeping, densely covered with lanceolate, entire scales.

Fronds crowded, usually 15–25(-35) cm high, usually c. 3.5 cm wide; stipe red-brown to dark brown, shiny; lamina linear-lanceolate or ovate, 2- or 3-pinnate, glabrous or sparse to moderately dense hairs; ultimate segments sessile or very shortly stalked, 2–8 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, with margin incised and inrolled.

Sori usually remaining discrete, rarely confluent; spores spherical, verrucose, with varying amounts of globular, branched or reticulate deposits; black or brown.

Other photo
Photo J. & P. Edwards

Distribution and occurrence: Occurs throughout much of N.S.W.; all States, Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, New Zealand and New Caledonia.

Grows amongst rocks, widespread in open forest or woodland.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. N.T. S.A. W.A.
AVH map***

Text by E.A. Brown (2004)
Taxon concept: T.C. Chambers & P.A. Farrant, Fl. Australia, vol. 48 (1998).

 Key to the subspecies 
1Upper pinnule surface glabrous; lower pinnule surface glabrous or almost so.subsp. sieberi
Upper and lower pinnule surfaces with an indumentum of twisted hairs.subsp. pseudovellea

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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