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Hypolepis muelleri

Harsh Ground-fern

Single firm, stiffly upright fronds, distantly spaced, spreading along branched underground stems to form large colonies.

Additional information

  • FamilyDennstaedtiaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.5-1.5 m high
  • Plant groupingFerns & Fern Allies
  • LeavesTriangular dark green fronds, divided 3 times, to 0.4 m wide, pale bristle-like hairs on both sides. Oblong stalkless segments, base running onto midrib; margins scalloped to entire. Midribs pale, hairy, grooved with side ridges. Smooth, shiny stem.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Round hairy spore cases in 2 rows on segment, away from margins. Usually uncovered.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWet soils in gullies and swamps of wet, moist and riparian forests. Semi shade to dappled shade.
  • Garden useVigorous fern for underplanting in sheltered gullies and along water courses.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusScattered and uncommon within its prefered habitat within the Shire.
Photographer/s: 1 M. Fagg ©, Australian National Botanic Gardens; 2 Chris Clarke, NatureShare ©; 3 R. Hill, Australian National Botanic Gardens ©

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