scale bar = 1cm.
Ruddy Ground-fern - native (Hypolepis rugosula)
Native of Australia.
Occurrence: Rare locally. It has been recorded at Crocodile Reservoir (Fryerstown) and Fryers Ridge.
- it grows from a creeping underground stem
- the fronds are dark green and hairy
- the stalks are deep red (and hence the name "Ruddy").
= below; lepis
= a scale, referring to the spore cases beneath the leaf-margin rugosula
Image: Ruddy Ground-fern