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Threatened species

Narrow-leaf Finger 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: Grammitis stenophylla
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 21 Aug 2018


The Narrow-leaf Finger Fern is a little fern, growing in small colonies, with hanging or erect fronds. The simple, narrow fronds are mostly 1 - 5 cm long, 1 - 4 mm wide, dark green and smooth, and thin but leathery. The clumps of spores on the upper two-thirds of the back of the frond appear as dark circular or oval patches in rows either side of the midrib. The base of the frond stem is hairless, unlike that of the similar-looking Finger Fern Grammitis billardieri.


Occurs in eastern Queensland and eastern NSW. In NSW it has been found on the south, central and north coasts and as far west as Mount Kaputar National Park near Narrabri.

Habitat and ecology

  • Moist places, usually near streams, on rocks or in trees, in rainforest and moist eucalypt forest.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
New England TablelandsNortheast Forest Lands Known None
NSW North CoastDalmorton Predicted None
NSW North CoastWashpool Known None
OceanHawkesbury Shelf Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Sandstones Known None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None
Sydney BasinCumberland Known None
Sydney BasinPittwater Known None
Sydney BasinWollemi Known None
Sydney BasinYengo Known None