Pleurosorus rutifolius

Blanket Fern

Small erect tufted fern on a short scaly underground stem (rhizome).

Additional information

  • FamilyAspleniaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size4-18 cm x 10 cm
  • Plant groupingFerns & Fern Allies
  • LeavesOblong, blunt, dark green once-divided fronds, irregularly lobed or notched fan-shaped segments 4-20 mm long in 3-8 almost opposite pairs. Densely covered in clear to rusty hairs. Hairy green stem shorter than frond, scales tufted at base, scattered above
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Narrow oblong spore cases radiate out from the segment base along veins. They may spread to join with age.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsDry well drained soil in rock crevices and gorges associated with woodland. Full sun. Plants will shrivel in extreme dryness and become brown, reviving and regreening after rain. Plants are softer, greener and less hairy in sheltered positions.
  • Garden useAn attractive little fern planted amongst rocks in dry areas with lower humidity. Do not like overwatering. Suitable for pots if kept in an open position.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from two sites. More common outside the Shire.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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