Common name: sickle fern
Pellaea falcata (R.Br.) Fée APNI*
Synonyms: Pellaea falcata (R.Br.) Fée var. falcata APNI*
Simpliglottis grammata APNI*
Description: Rhizome long-creeping with narrow-ovate scales.
Fronds 37–105 cm long; stipe 20–30% length of frond; stipe and rachis covered with scales and hairs. Lamina with 27–65, sometimes more pinnae; pinnae shortly stalked or sessile, oblong to linear-oblong, 22–56 mm long, 5–12 mm wide, dark green above, pale beneath, margins usually entire.
Sori in a continuous band, c. 1 mm wide; indusium membranous.
Distribution and occurrence: widespread on the coast and ranges; west to Kaputar N.P.
In rocky places in sclerophyll forest and rainforest, widespread on the coast and ranges.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: P.D. Bostock (1994)
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