Common name: Parasitic Maiden Fern
Christella parasitica (L.) H.Lév. APNI*
Synonyms: Cyclosorus parasiticus APNI*
Description: Rhizome short- to long-creeping, covered with narrow red-brown scales 4–9 mm long and <1 mm wide.
Fronds to 80 cm long; stipe softly hairy, c. same length as lamina; lamina pale green, mostly 1-pinnate with pinnae deeply pinnatifid, c. 30 cm wide; basal pinnae not or only slightly reduced in size; pinnae deeply lobed, lower surface covered with soft spreading hairs to 1 mm long and with orange glands usually present on the veins in the lobes.
Sori circular, indusium hairy.
Distribution and occurrence:
Grows along stream banks
Other Australian states: Qld
Not reliably recorded for N.S.W.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: P.D. Bostock (1998)
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