Christella dentata — Binung—THELYPTERIDACEAE

Christella dentata

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Habitat—Forms tussocks along stream banks, on rainforest margins or in open forest.

Distribution— North from Cambewarra in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—A terrestrial fern, rhizome short-creeping, covered with dark red-brown scales 8 to 10 mm long and c. 1 mm wide.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Charlotte Head, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Dixon Property, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Ohmas Bay, One Mile Beach, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Tiona, Waitui Falls, Wallamba Cove, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Fronds.— Mostly 40 to 80 cm long; stipe variable in length, short—hairy; lamina dark green, 1—pinnate with pinnae shallowly pinnatifid, to 90 cm long; basal 2 to 4 pairs of pinnae gradually reduced in size, basal pinnae 3 to 5 cm long; pinnae with lower surface bearing short hairs on the veins, lobes cut half to two—thirds of the way to midrib.

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Sori— Circular, indusium hairy.