25th July - Cheilanthes austrotenuifolia - Rock Fern

Cheilanthes austrotenuifolia

Rhizome slow-creeping; fronds scattered or a few crowded at the tip, erect, drooping or prostrate, dying off during summer and not persisting, tripinnate to quadripinnate, narrow-lanceolate to triangular, to 45 cm long, to 16 cm broad at the base of the lamina; stipe, rhachis, costae and costules brown, shining, sparsely covered with scales; stipe usually becoming glabrous; lamina (excluding costae and costules) glabrous above, and with a few scattered scales below; sori protected by the reflexed pinnule margins.

Seems to do well in suitable sites.

Likes a damp, shady spot.