Arthropteris beckleri —Fishbone Fern—TECTARIACEAE

Arthropteris beckleri

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Habitat—In rainforest, grows on rocks or trees; chiefly in the ranges.

Distribution—Chiefly in the ranges, north from the Cambewarra Range in New South Wales to Queensland.

Description—A terrestrial fern. Rhizome very long-creeping, rigid, 1 to 2 mm diam., covered with red–brown hairs and brown scales.

Local occurrences

Barrington Tops National Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Coorabakh National Park, Dooragan National Park and Dorrigo National Park

Fronds.—Erect to pendent, 10 to 20 cm long; stipe to 2 cm long, light to dark brown, usually densely covered with pale hairs plus a few scales; lamina dull green, membranous to herbaceous, very narrow–elliptic to oblong; pinnae to 1.7 cm long, with numerous long hairs, apex obtuse or rounded, margins crenate.

Arthropteris beckleri
Arthropteris beckleri

Sori.—More or less circular, indusium reniform, pubescent.