Dennstaedtia davallioides

Lacy Ground-fern

Single upright fronds with drooping tips, distantly spaced along branched underground stems to form large colonies. Clear hairs on veins on underside.

Additional information

  • FamilyDennstaedtiaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.6-1.5 cm high
  • Plant groupingFerns & Fern Allies
  • LeavesDelicate lacy broad mid to dark green fronds, divided 3-4 times. Segments asymmetrical running into midrib, deeply and obliquely lobed. Midribs shiny red-brown with narrow groove between prominent ridges.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Round spore cases covered by flap of margin on one side and inner membrane to produce cup-like structure.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist rich soils in humid rainforest gullies. Full shade. Rare occurrence within the Shire.
  • Garden useNot suitable for small fernery. Requires large area in a moist sheltered position.
  • Commercially availableSpecialist Australian plant nursery
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from one area locally. Current status is unknown. Occurs in East Gippsland and the Otways.
Photographer/s: 1 Daniel Ohlsen, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©; 2 Jeff Jeanes, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©; 3 Anita Barley Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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