Pteris umbrosa—Jungle Brake—PTERIDACEAE.

Pteris umbrosa

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Habitat—Deep in rainforest in damp places along creeks and gullies, often forming large colonies.

Distribution—Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Terrestrial fern with a short-creeping rhizome, the apex covered with narrow dark brown scales.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke and Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.

Fronds.—Erect, 100 to 200 cm high, 1-pinnatifid to incompletely 2—pinnate, dark green, not markedly dimorphic; stipe pale to red—brown, to over 30 cm long, rachis brown; pinnae glabrous, primary pinnae increasing in size towards base of frond; lowermost primary pinnae 10 to 30 cm long, segments linear—lanceolate, the margins minutely toothed on sterile fronds or entire.

Pteris umbrosa
Pteris umbrosa

Sori.— Linear, continuous, conspicuous