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Christella hispidula (Decne.) Holttum
Family Thelypteridaceae
Christella hispidula (Decne.) Holttum APNI*

Description: Rhizome erect or short-creeping, covered with dark brown scales 7–10 mm long and c. 1 mm wide.

Fronds 30–70 cm high; stipe to 20 cm long, pale or flushed with red, bearing pale hairs; lamina pale green, 1-pinnate with pinnae deeply pinnatifid, to 50 cm long, pale green; basal 2–4 pairs of pinnae gradually reducing in size, basal pinnae 1.5–3 cm long; pinnae with lower surface bearing fine hairs and short capitate hairs on the veins, lobes cut three-quarters of way to midrib.

Sori circular, indusium small and hairy.


Distribution and occurrence: along stream banks in rainforest or open forest; rare in N.S.W., recorded from lower Hunter Valley.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld S.A.
AVH map***

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: P.D. Bostock (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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