Gleichenia microphylla

Common Name:

Scrambling Coral-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 (DEJKMNPRSTWXZ) also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas
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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Stream banks and wet heathlands, tea-tree swamps and poorly drained sites 1

Flower Description:



Terrestrial fern 2

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This species is similar to G. dicarpa, however G. dicarpa 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 green 1,2


Image: Daniel Ohlsen
Image: Daniel Ohlsen

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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