Cheilanthes distans (R.Br.) Mett.

Bristly Cloak Fern

Rhizome short-creeping. Fronds to 30 cm long, 2-3 cm wide, divided 2 times for most of the length; main axis densely scaly. Stalk red-brown, shiny. Segments blunt, oblong-elliptic, margins without teeth or lobes, upper surface with undivided hairs; scales few, golden brown on lower surface especially the midrib.

Will tolerate cool conditions.

S & E Australia, Lord Howe I., NZ, New Caledonia, Pacific Is.

Narrow fronds with undivided hairs on upper surface and scales below.

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Adiantaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Polypodiopsida
order     Polypodiales
family      Pteridaceae
genus       Cheilanthes Sw.