Ferns and Fern Allies in the Canberra Regio
Pyrrosia rupestris - Rock Felt Fern
Pyrrosia rupestris is a curious little scrambling fern that grows over rocks and on tree trunks often in quite exposed areas. The fronds have a succulent appearance. The fertile fronds are elongated, and up to 8cm in length, while the sterile fronds are often nearly circular and typically up to 2cm across. It can form quite dense clumps.
Sterile fronds and one fertile frond (lower right) with a network of
rhizomes on a mossy rock. The colour of the moss shows there has not
been rain for some time. The fern is quite tolerant of dry spells if
the rhizome can reach into moist cracks.