Pteris tremula—Tender Brake, Tender Brakefern—PTERIDACEAE.

Pteris tremula

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Habitat— In rainforest or open forest, sheltered places; often found on sunny slopes and even exposed rock cliff faces; common.

Distribution—Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Northern territory. Also on Lord Howe Island, New Zealand, Norfolk Island and Polynesia.

Description—Terrestrial fern with a tufted, erect rhizome covered with narrow brown scales.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Copeland, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Red Head, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Talawahl Nature Reserve, Wallingat National Park and Wingham Brush.

Fronds.— To 2 m long, 3—pinnate or more compound, pale green, lacy; stipe brown, shiny with a deep narrow groove, usually more than half the length of the frond, rachis brown; lamina ± glabrous, ultimate segments of the frond narrow—oblong to linear, to 2 cm long with finely toothed margins; fertile segments much narrower than the sterile; veins mostly forked once, free.

Pteris tremula
Pteris tremula

Sori.— Linear, not continuous between segments and not extending to the apices.