Nature conservation

Threatened species

Lesser Creeping Fern - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Arthropteris palisotii
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 21 Jan 2019


The Lesser Creeping Fern grows on trees. Its creeping stem is branched and wiry and covered with dark scales. The shiny green fronds are up 30 cm long with thinly leathery leaflets. Spores are borne on the underside of the leaflets in circular clumps.


Located on the Illawarra Escarpment, North-eastern NSW and also in Queensland.

Habitat and ecology

  • Occurs in rainforest, mainly on tree trunks.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastCataract Predicted None
NSW North CoastComboyne Plateau Predicted None
NSW North CoastMacleay Hastings Known None
NSW North CoastUpper Manning Known None
South Eastern QueenslandWoodenbong Predicted None
Sydney BasinIllawarra Known None