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Species profile—Dryopteris sparsa


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Species details

Plantae (plants)
Equisetopsida (land plants)
Scientific name
Dryopteris sparsa (Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don) Kuntze
WildNet taxon ID
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Conservation significant
Pest status
Dryopteris sparsa is a terrestrial, lithophytic or, rarely, epiphytic fern, with erect rhizomes. The apex is scaly. The scales are ovate, 5-8 mm long, papery and pale brown in colour. The fronds are tufted. The stipe is 20-45 cm long, by 25-38 cm wide, chartaceous and dull pale green on both surfaces. The apex is abruptly acuminate. The rachis is glabrous, covered with small, elongated protuberances. The ultimate segments are 5-15 mm long and 3-10 mm in diameter. The base is asymmetrically cuneate. The margins have rounded lobes and 1 or more short teeth on the upper side of each lobe above the sinus between the lobes. The veins are forked 1-3 times. The sori is medial on the vein branches. The indusium is reniform and fawn. The fronds of D. sparsa are exceptionally brittle (Jones, 1998).
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Dryopteris sparsa is located in terrestrial habitats within rainforest at high altitudes in north-eastern Queensland. Described habitat notes include; granite rocks along creek in mountain rainforest; complex tropical montane rainforest on granite; growing on top of large granite rock in heavily shaded humid area; and epiphytic, growing with mosses and Hymenophyllum (Queensland Herbarium, 2012).
Status notes
Dryopteris sparsa is listed as Vulnerable under the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992.
Occurs in the following Queensland pastoral districts: Cook, South Kennedy. Also occurs in the following regions: New Guinea, Malesia, China, India.
Jones, D.L. in McCarthy, P.M. (Ed) (1998). Flora of Australia 48: 416.
Queensland Herbarium (2012). Specimen label information. Queensland Herbarium. Accessed 03/04/2012.
Profile author
Lynise Wearne (03/04/2012)

Other resources

The Australasian Virtual Herbarium (AVH)
Atlas of Living Australia

Data source

This profile data is sourced from the QLD Wildlife Data API using the Get species by ID function used under CC-By 4.0

This information is sourced from the WildNet database managed by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

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Last updated
8 March 2022
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