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Hypolepis elegans Carruth.
Family Dennstaedtiaceae
Hypolepis elegans Carruth. APNI*

Description: Rhizome long-creeping, 4–8 mm diam., densely covered with pale brown hairs at the tip.

Fronds erect, mostly 0.7–1.2 m long; stipe red-brown at the base, becoming yellow-brown above; stipe and rachises covered with colourless non-glandular hairs; lamina dark green, broad-triangular, thin-textured, 2-pinnate at apex and usually at least 4-pinnate at base; ultimate segments narrow, lobed.

Sori on the upper margin of each ultimate segment, protected by a conspicuous false indusium that is at least partly colourless and membranous.

Distribution and occurrence: in open places on forest margins. Not recently collected in mainland N.S.W. or Victoria, may now be confined to LHI.
NSW subdivisions: NC, LHI
Other Australian states: Vic.
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Presumed Extinct
AVH map***

This species is considered data-deficient by Saving our Species (SoS, DPIE) which means a conservation project cannot be developed for it. Visit their website and contact SoS if you have additional information.

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: P.J. Brownsey (1998)

One subspecies in NSW: Hypolepis elegans subsp. elegans

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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