Yarra Ranges Shire Council


Pleurosorus rutifolius

Common Name: Blanket Fern
Family: Aspleniaceae
Size: 4-18cm x 10cm
Description: Small erect tufted fern on a short scaly underground stem (rhizome).
Leaves: Oblong, blunt, dark green once-divided fronds, irregularly lobed or notched fan-shaped segments 4-20mm long in 3-8 almost opposite pairs. Densely covered in clear to rusty hairs. Hairy green stem shorter than frond, scales tufted at base, scattered above
Flowering: Non-flowering. Narrow oblong spore cases radiate out from the segment base along veins. They may spread to join with age.
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Growing Conditions: Dry well drained soil in rock crevices and gorges associated with woodland. Full sun. Plants will shrivel in extreme dryness and become brown, reviving and regreening after rain. Plants are softer, greener and less hairy in sheltered positions.
Garden Use: An attractive little fern planted amongst rocks in dry areas with lower humidity. Do not like overwatering. Suitable for pots if kept in an open position.
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Plant Communities: 27
Conservation Status: Significant within the Shire. Known from two sites. More common outside the Shire.
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Commercially available: Never
Bird Attracting: No
Butterfly Attracting: No
Frog Habitat: No
Photographer: Marilyn Gray ©
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Last Updated: 30/06/2010
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