Hypolepis amaurorachis

Austral Ground-fern

Single soft, upright fronds 1-5cm apart along slender branched underground stems, rarely forming colonies. Clear hairs on both sides and midribs.

Additional information

  • FamilyDennstaedtiaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size15-75 cm high
  • Plant groupingFerns & Fern Allies
  • LeavesNarrowly triangular dull light green fronds, divided 3 times, to 35 cm wide. Oblong asymmetrical segments, base running onto midrib; margin lobes rounded. Midrib red-brown to orange-brown, grooved with side ridges. Smooth shiny reddish-brown stem.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. 4-8 large round spore cases on larger segments, in 2 rows. Sometimes partially covered by recurved fringed margin flap.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWet draining soil on banks of watercourses or in rocky creek beds of wet forests. Semi shade to dappled shade.
  • Garden useUnderplant in moist sheltered positions. Plants tend to grow as individual plants.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusScattered and uncommon within its prefered habitat within the Shire.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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