Davallia solida var. pyxidata —Hare's-foot Fern, Hare's Foot Fern —DAVALLIACEAE

Davallia solida var. pyxidata

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Habitat—Epiphytic or lithophytic in rainforest and open forest, often growing in baskets formed by other epiphytes such as Platycerium and Asplenium species near canopy level in rainforest

Distribution—Endemic and relatively common in coastal eastern Australia, with scattered occurrences in inland forests (New South Wales and Queensland) and an isolated southernmost locality in the Grampian Ranges, Victoria. Also Tasmania.

Description—Rhizome thick, white—waxy, densely covered with appressed black—brown scales with paler margins bearing long crisped hairs. Rhizome scales usually falling complete.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Cape Hawke, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Dorrigo National Park, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Talawahl Nature Reserve, Tiona, Wallamba River Area, Wallingat National Park, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Fronds.— 2—3-pinnate, broadly triangular, markedly dimorphic, 10 to 50 cm long, 5 to 25 cm at widest point, coriaceous. Stipe 3 to 16 cm long, glabrous except at extreme base; rachis glabrous except for a few crisped hairs in axils. Pinnules deeply lobed, glabrous on both surfaces; margins crenate and apex acuminate to obtuse in sterile fronds, margins dentate and apex acute in fertile fronds; false veins very short or absent.

Davallia solida var. pyxidata
Davallia solida var. pyxidata

Sori.—Submarginal, scattered around edges of ultimate lobes, with a short or long tooth on 1 or both sides; indusium usually c. 1 mm long, often unattached at sides near apex, flaring slightly.