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Lindsaea linearis

Screw Fern

Small fern with fronds close or distant along creeping underground stem (rhizome). Fertile fronds erect, slender and longer than arching to prostrate sterile fronds. Fronds dissimilar.

Additional information

  • FamilyLindsaeaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size5-30 cm x 20 cm
  • Plant groupingFerns & Fern Allies
  • LeavesNarrow, once divided fronds. Segments of sterile fronds wedge- to fan-shaped to 1 cm wide, veins radiating, outer margin scalloped; fertile segments fan-shaped, curved down, outer margin frilled. Stems shiny red-brown to blackish.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Spore case in a narrow band along the outer margin within a pair of frilled parallel membranous coverings.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist, poorly drained soils in open forests, woodlands and scrub in lowlands and foothills. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useGrow in ferneries and rock gardens where the soil remains moist but there is adequate light. Plant as drifts under trees. Can be difficult to establish.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: 1 Healesville Sanctuary ©; 2 Marilyn Bull ©; 3 Yarra Ranges Council photo library

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  • 21 Broad-leaf Peppermint Heathy Dry Forest (EVC 20)
  • 16 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest Central Highlands/UpperYarra (EVC 45)
  • 22 Silver-leaf Stringybark Heathy Woodland (EVC 48)
  • 17 Messmate Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 25 Long-leaf Box Grassy Dry Forest - Southern Dandenongs (EVC 22)
  • 18 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 45)
  • 27 Red Stringybark Grassy Dry Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 22)
  • 19 Long-leaf Box Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 29 Green Scentbark Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 20 Messmate Lowland Forest (EVC 16)
  • 36 Scented Paperbark Riparian Thicket – Central Highlands (EVC 59)
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