Microsorum pustulatum subsp. pustulatum —Kangaroo Fern—POLYPODIACEAE

Microsorum pustulatum subsp. pustulatum

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Habitat—In or near rainforest; widespread.

Distribution— North from Tasmania to Queensland.

Description—A terrestrial fern, scrambling on rocks or tree trunks.

Local occurrences

Barrington Tops National Park, Bennett Head Road, Boorganna Nature Reserve and Coorabakh National Park

Fronds.— Rhizome very long–creeping, fleshy, glaucous, scales appressed, not persistent. Fronds 20 to 60 cm long, simple or pinnatifid, both types often present together and both may be fertile; stipe to 25 cm long; lamina to 35 cm long, leathery, light green, unscented.

Microsorum pustulatum subsp. pustulatum
Microsorum pustulatum subsp. pustulatum

Sori.—Usually 1 to 5 mm diam., circular or rarely ovate, sunken into the lamina.