Hypolepis rugosula

Common Name:

Ruddy Ground-fern

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Lowan Mallee, Wimmera (ACDEFGJKMNPRSTVWZ) also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas
Map - Australasian Virtual Herbarium

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

Shady forested streams; wet areas such as ditches and embankments beside tracks 1

Flower Description:



Thicket forming fern with fronds to 1.5 m 1

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


Links to more images:

Atlas of Living Australia MELU

Links to description of this species:

NSW Flora VicFlora

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