Pyrrosia confluens var confluens—HorseshoeFelt Fern—POLYPODIACEAE.

Pyrrosia confluens

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Habitat—Rainforest and Wet Sclerophyll Forest, climbing on trees and rocks.

Distribution—North from the Wyong area in New South Wales to Queensland. Also on Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands and New Caledonian.

Description—Epiphyte or lithophyte fern, spreading with a long—creeping rhizome, much branched; scales spreading, papery, pale reddish brown, entire.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Red Head, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, The Islands, Tiona, Wallamba River Area and Wingham Brush.

Fronds.—Fronds not markedly dimorphic; lamina narrow—obovate to oblong, usually 3 to 7 cm long, 5 to 15 mm wide.

Pyrrosia confluens
Pyrrosia confluens

Sori.—Restricted to the apical region of the fertile frond, confluent and forming two oblong or ovate patches or a single horseshoe—shaped patch.