Anogramma leptophylla

Annual Fern

Delicate tufted annual herb with erect or spreading fronds. Dies down in summer to a tuber formed by the first stage of a fern (gametophyte) which is perennial.

Additional information

  • FamilyPteridaceae (syn. Adiantaceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size2-8 cm high
  • Plant groupingFerns & Fern Allies
  • LeavesPale green fronds scattered along stalk; fertile fronds twice divided, leaflets fan-shaped; if infertile fronds, then shorter, deeply lobed and fan-shaped.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Spore cases clustered along veins.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsDamp positions amongst rock ledges and log hollows. Semi shade and dappled shade. Rare plant in the Shire.
  • Garden useMoist sheltered fernery.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. Often overlooked because of its size.
Photographer/s: 1 R. Hill, Australian National Botanic Gardens ©; 2,3 David Francis NatureShare ©

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