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Hypolepis glandulifera

Downy Ground-fern

Single soft densely hairy upright fronds distantly spaced, spreading along branched underground stems to form dense colonies. New growth is light green, covered in fine sticky hairs.

Additional information

  • SynonymHypolepis punctata
  • FamilyDennstaedtiaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.6-3 m high
  • Plant groupingFerns & Fern Allies
  • LeavesGlandular hairy, triangular mid green fronds, divided 4 times, to 1.5 m wide. Oblong stalkless segments, base running onto midrib; margins bluntly toothed to entire. Midribs pale, hairy, grooved with side ridges. Thick yellow-brown stem, furry at base.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Round spore cases in 2 rows on segment, near margins. Sometimes partially covered by recurved margin flap.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist alluvial soils in humid forests or on well drained mountain slopes in moist to wet forests and rainforests. Often in disturbed sites beside tracks and following tree falls. Full sun (with moisture) to dappled shade.
  • Garden useVigorous fern for underplanting in sheltered gullies and along water courses.
  • Commercially availableSpecialist Australian plant nursery
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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