Polyphlebium venosum

Common Name:

Veined Bristlefern

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

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

Grows on logs, trunks and tree-ferns 1

Flower Description:



Small epiphytic filmy fern 1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This is the only species of Crepidomanes found in Victoria. Fronds are 5-15 cm long and arise distantly from one another on a creeping rhizome. Lamina is translucent and irregularly shaped with pinnae often long and hanging parallel to main rachis. Sori are borne singly on lateral lobes at the base of pinnae 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