Lindsaea linearis

Common name: 

Screw Fern

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Grampians, Midlands, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Gippsland Highlands, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (DEJKNPSTXWZ) all States

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

Damp heathlands north of Darby River1

Flower description:



Creeping ground fern2

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

The fertile pinnules are arranged spirally on the stem and are curved inwards1,2

Image of Lindsaea linearis
Image of Lindsaea linearis
Image of Lindsaea linearis Image: Will Neal
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