Microsorum scandens

Common name: 

Fragrant Fern

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Highlands, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (STWZ) also Qld, NSW, Norfolk Island

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

Moist and shady forest gullies1

Flower description:



Terrestrial, epiphytic of geophytic fern to 55 cm tall1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Fronds are simple or lobed, sori are oval or round and prominent on either side of the midrib. This species differs from Microsorum pustulatum by having a dark green lamina and leaf scales on the rhizome that are persistent and stand away from the surface of the rhizome1

Image of Microsorum scandens
Image of Microsorum scandens
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