Asplenium flaccidum

Common Name:

Weeping Spleenwort



Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Gippsland Highlands, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland, (KNSTVWZ) also Qld, NSW, Tas
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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Epiphytic on tree-ferns or tree trunks in wet, cool forests 1

Flower Description:



Epiphytic pendent fern to 90 cm long 1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This species is distinguished by its epiphytic habit and bipinnate, pendent fronds 2
Multiple subspecies exist, only subsp. flaccidum is found in Victoria.


Image: Daniel Ohlsen
Image: Daniel Ohlsen

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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
2 Ellis, M. (unpublished). “A Field Guide to South Gippsland Flora”.