Gleichenia microphylla

Scrambling Coral Fern

Scrambling fern. Repeated forking of fronds to form extensive tangled thickets. Vigorous underground stems. Major frond branches green with bundles of short shiny red-brown bristles & fringed scales.

Additional information

  • FamilyGleicheniaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Sizeto 4 m high
  • Plant groupingFerns & Fern Allies
  • LeavesErect, wiry bright green fronds, paler below. Final branch narrow, 2-6 cm long, with small oblong segments, midrib without scales or hairs. Margins flat.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. 2-4 shiny bright yellow spore clusters grouped near the midrib on each segment.
  • Bird attractingHabitat - nesting and/or safety
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsSeasonally or permanently waterlogged soils in cool, sheltered swamps especially in association with Melaleuca squarrosa (Scented Paperbark). Semi-shade to full shade.
  • Garden useToo large for a small fern garden. Plant in moist gullies and sheltered swampy sites where it has plenty of room.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Related speciesThe spore clusters of Gleichenia dicarpa are clustered in pouches on the edge of frond segments.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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