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 gullies 1

Flower Description:



Terrestrial, epiphytic of geophytic fern to 55 cm tall 1

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 rhizome 1


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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