Gleichenia microphylla

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Gleichenia microphylla
Coral Fern Elvina Bay.jpg
Coral Fern at Elvina Bay, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Australia
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Class: Polypodiopsida
Order: Gleicheniales
Family: Gleicheniaceae
Genus: Gleichenia
G. microphylla
Binomial name
Gleichenia microphylla

Platyzoma microphyllum R.Br.
Pteris platyzomopsis Christenh. & H.Schneid.[1]

Gleichenia microphylla is a small fern growing in Australia. Also found in South East Asia, Malesia, New Caledonia and New Zealand.[2] Referred to as one of the coral ferns.

Some of the other common names include: scrambling coral fern, umbrella fern, parasol fern, carrier tangle, matua-rarauhe, matuku, tapuwae kotuku, waewae kaka, waewae kotuku and waewae matuku.

A common plant, often seen growing under waterfalls, in swamps, under cliffs and in tall open forest. It prefers high humidity and good levels of sunshine and moisture.[3] It can form large colonies.

In 1810 it appeared in Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae, authored by Robert Brown.


Gleichenia microphylla at Mornington Peninsula, Australia
  1. ^ Christenhusz, M.J.M. & H. Schneider (2011) "Corrections to Phytotaxa 19: Linear sequence of lycophytes and ferns"; Phytotaxa 28: 51. 2011 [14 Sep 2011].
  2. ^ "Gleichenia microphylla". Flora of Australia Online.
  3. ^ "Gleichenia microphylla". PlantNET - NSW Flora Online. Retrieved 2010-07-09.