Hypolepis rugosula

Common name: 

Ruddy Ground-fern

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Lowan Mallee, Wimmera (ACDEFGJKMNPRSTVWZ) also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas

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

Shady forested streams; wet areas such as ditches and embankments beside tracks1

Flower description:



Thicket forming fern with fronds to 1.5 m1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This species is distinguished from most species by its stipes with red-brown bases, covered with red-brown hairs. It is distinguished from H. amaurorachis by its larger fronds (H. amaurorachis has fronds to 75 cm long, fronds of H. rugosula are to 150 cm long)1

Image of Hypolepis rugosula
Image of Hypolepis rugosula
Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria