Pellaea nana—Dwarf Sickle Fern—ADIANTACEAE.

Pellaea nana

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Habitat—In rainforest or moist sclerophyll forest, often among rocks or on cliff faces or boulders.

Distribution—Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Terrestrial fern, rhizome short—to medium creeping with narrow—ovate scales

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops and Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.

Fronds.—20 to 50cmlong; stipe 20 to 50%length of frond; stipe and rachis covered with scales and hairs. Lamina with 25 to 65crowded sessileor shortly stalked pinnae; pinnae oblong to linear—oblong, c. 5 to 25 mm long, 2.5 to 7 mm wide, dark green above, pale beneath, margins usually entire.

Sori.—Sori in a continuous band c. 1mm wide; indusium membranous.

Pellaea nana