Pyrrosia rupestris—Rock Felt Fern—POLYPODIACEAE.

Pyrrosia rupestris

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Habitat—Rainforest and open forest, climbing on rocks or trees.

Distribution— Widespread on the coast and western slopes; north from Nadgee and west to the Warrumbungle Range in New South to Queensland. Also New Guinea.

Description—Epiphyte or lithophyte fern, spreading. Rhizome long—creeping, much branched; scales appressed, red—brown to dark brown, margins fimbriate.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head Flora Park, Cape Hawke, Copeland, Forster Cemetery, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Little Street, Reservoir Hill Reserve and Zamia Place Reserve.

Fronds.— Dimorphic; sterile fronds ± circular to obovate, usually 1.5 to 4 cm long; fertile fronds narrow-lanceolate, usually 4 to 10 cm long but occasionally longer, 3 to 7 mm wide.

Pyrrosia rupestris
Pyrrosia rupestris

Sori.—Occurring over most of the lower surface of the lamina of the fertile frond, irregularly arranged in 1 to 4 rows on each side of the midrib, ± confluent with age.