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Species profile—Crepidomanes aphlebioides


Plantae (plants) → Equisetopsida (land plants) → HymenophyllaceaeCrepidomanes aphlebioides

Species details

Plantae (plants)
Equisetopsida (land plants)
Scientific name
Crepidomanes aphlebioides (Christ) I.M.Turner
WildNet taxon ID
Alternate name(s)
filmy fern
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Conservation significant
Pest status
Crepidomanes aphlebioides is a fern. It has a long-creeping, horizontal, root-like stem that is 2-3mm in diameter and has dense reddish-brown hairs. The fronds (branches) occur in two forms. The normal fronds are 30-85cm long and have a stalk 10-30cm long. The stalks are hairless, except near the base. The blades of normal fronds are broadly triangular to ovate in shape, 60cm long by 30cm wide and dark green. The blades are 4 x divided into lobes almost reaching the midrib (pinnatifid). Each lobe is linear, about 0.3mm wide, with scattered, thick glandular hairs mainly on the lower surface. Clusters of fertile spores are present towards the base of the lobes.
Aborted fronds are present at the base of normal fronds and have a stalk length of 1-20mm. The blades of aborted fronds are reduced to hair-like stems that are 2-10cm long and 1-4cm wide. (Bostock & Spokes 1998)
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Crepidomanes aphlebioides occurs in tropical rainforest where it grows on rocks, on the ground or sometimes climbing up the bases of trees. It occurs on steep creek banks and on rock faces with permanent water seepage. (Bostock & Spokes 1998)
Contributors: Peter Bostock, Mellisa Mayhew 16/02/2009
Bostock, P.D. & Spokes, T.M. in McCarthy, P.M. (Ed) (1998). Flora of Australia 48: 706.
Herbrecs (2008). Crepidomanes aphlebioides, in BriMapper version 2.12. Queensland Herbarium. Accessed 29/09/2008.
Profile author
Peter Bostock (16/02/2009)

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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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