Gleichenia dicarpa

Common name: 

Pouched Coral-fern

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Grampians, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Gippsland Highlands, Wilsons Promontory, Snowfields, East Gippsland (CDEJKNPRSTVWZ) also Qld, NSW, Tas

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Poorly drained sites in heathlands, woodlands and forests1

Flower description:



Terrestrial fern2

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This species is similar to G. microphylla, however it has smaller, nearly circular pinnules which are strongly concave. Gleichenia microphylla has small rounded-triangular pinnules which are almost flat. The undersurface of the pinnae are pale green1,2

Image of Gleichenia dicarpa
Image of Gleichenia dicarpa
Image of Gleichenia dicarpa Image: Daniel Ohlsen
Image of Gleichenia dicarpa Image: Daniel Ohlsen
Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
2 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria