Short-footed Screw 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: Lindsaea brachypoda
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 21 Jan 2019


Short-footed Screw Fern is a small fern that grows on the ground or on rocks. It can reach about 30 cm tall, but is usually much smaller. Its curving fronds are slender, with about 25 dark green leaflets either side of a straw-coloured stem. The leafless part of the stem is less than half of the frond length. Leaflets are an oblong fan-shape, slightly toothed around the upper margin, and attached at the inner, lower corner. The spores are produced inside a narrow flap around the margins of the leaflets.


In NSW it is mainly found in a few locations north from Minyon Falls in Nightcap National Park. Records exist for Tumbulgum, Mullumbimby and Mooball. It also occurs in the Northern Territory and eastern Queensland.

Habitat and ecology

  • Very moist habitats in subtropical or warm-temperate rainforest or palm forest.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

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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 QueenslandScenic Rim Known east of a line drawn north to south through Nimbim
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Predicted None