Cheilanthes distans

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Bristly cloak fern
Rocky Fern - Resolute Beach.jpg
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Australia
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida/Pteridopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Pteridaceae
Genus: Cheilanthes
Species: C. distans
Binomial name
Cheilanthes distans
(R.Br.) Mett.

Cheilanthes distans is a species of lip fern known by the common name bristly cloak fern.[1] It has a woolly appearance with small white hairs on the top side of the fronds, and a rusty brown underneath.


This small plant is native to various parts of Australia including Western Australia and New South Wales in the east. It is occasionally seen around Sydney in rocky exposed areas. The Bristly Cloak Fern grows in areas of high rainfall as well as the semi arid areas of inland Australia. Other areas of distribution are New Zealand and New Caledonia.[2]


  1. ^ "Cheilanthes distans". PlantNET - NSW Flora Online. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  2. ^ Les Robinson - Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney, ISBN 978-0-7318-1211-0 page 318