Pellaea falcata—Sickle Fern—ADIANTACEAE.

Pellaea falcata

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Habitat—Grows in rocky places in sclerophyll forest and rainforest, widespread on the coast and ranges; west to Kaputar National park in New South Wales.

Distribution—Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, Lord Howe Island, Queensland. Also in New Zealand, New Caledonian and Asia.

Description— Terrestrial fern, rhizome long—creeping with narrow—ovate scales

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Karloo Street Reserve, Ohmas Bay, One Mile Beach, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, The Islands, Tiona, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Fronds.—Fronds 37 to 105 cm long; stipe 20 to 30%length of frond; stipe and rachis covered with scales and hairs. Lamina with 27 to 65, sometimes more pinnae; pinnae shortly stalked or sessile, oblong to linearoblong, 22 to 56 mm long, 5 to 12 mm wide, dark green above, pale beneath, margins usually entire.

Pellaea falcata
Pellaea falcata

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