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Threatened species

Basket 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: Drynaria rigidula
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 04 Aug 1998
Profile last updated: 17 Sep 2019


The Basket Fern grows in a large clump, and has two quite different frond types. The lower ‘nest’ fronds, are short, papery, brown and shaped like an oak-leaf. The green, more erect fronds may be up to 2 m in length and are segmented into many blunt-toothed leaflets on short stalks. Round clumps of spores occur in two rows on the backs of the leaflets, making a bulge on the front of the leaflet. The green fronds may be lost during dry periods.


Occurs widely in eastern Queensland as well as islands of the Pacific and parts of south-east Asia. In NSW it is only found north of the Clarence River, in a few locations at Maclean, Bogangar, Byron Bay, Mullumbimby, in the Tweed Valley and at Woodenbong.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows on plants, rocks or on the ground,
  • Usually found in rainforest but also in moist eucalypt and Swamp Oak forest.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Predicted None
South Eastern QueenslandWoodenbong Predicted None